Supporting the transition to school

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Bonnie is an engaging little girl who had a difficult start in life. Knowing her history and the way children with similar histories often present, our Therapeutic Services team expected that she may have had some difficulties in her relationships and her ability to manage her emotions. There were concerns that starting Kindergarten could prove overwhelming and triggering for her.

However, little Bonnie has completely defied the concerns of her care team. Bonnie’s latest school report contains comments from her teacher such as ‘Bonnie is a role model for others’, ‘Bonnie’s confidence when speaking in front of the class is a delight to observe. She uses humour, eye contact and a clear voice to entertain her audience’, ‘Bonnie applies herself enthusiastically’, ‘She focuses her attention’, ‘She is highly motivated to acquire new skills and practices until she has perfected them’ and ‘She comes to school ready to learn and make friends’. Bonnie has achieved at grade level or above results in each subject at school.

Bonnie has been with a stable and long-term foster carer who is very proactive in advocating for her developmental needs and making sure the right supports are in place. This carer absorbs all information provided by our Therapeutic Services team to make sense of Bonnie’s presentation and how best to support her. While Bonnie still has the occasional meltdown when she becomes overwhelmed (like most kindergarten children), her carer is nurturing and consistent in teaching Bonnie the skills to manage her emotions. Bonnie is far exceeding the expectations of those around her. 

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2 500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.

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