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Autism Assessments for Tamworth South Public School

Earlier this year, sister company to Growing Early Minds, Children First, celebrated both their official opening and the first anniversary of the Tamworth South Outside School Hours service. The service provides before and after-school care for Tamworth South Public School’s families, as well as vacation care for all primary school children, no matter which school they are enrolled with.

Growing Early Minds Senior Operations Manager, Cindy Price, said this is our first site to operate in the Hunter New England area for the entire organisation, and the possibility of opening a Growing Early Minds site in Tamworth for families would be an exciting prospect for us in the future.

“It was identified quite early on in the relationship between Tamworth South Public School and Children First that in addition to the demand for the outside school hours service, there was also a real need for allied health therapy supports and assessments. There is currently a four-year wait for assessments, and we wanted to get involved in some way to reduce this wait for families.”

“Our organisation operates a range of not-for-profit, community-based services, and wherever our brands and services can collaborate and add value, we do. It’s part of our benevolence strategy and commitment to children, families, and communities – we know our organisation is stronger and our impact is long last when we work together as one.”

Across 13-14 November 2022, Growing Early Minds organised in goodwill to have a Provisional Psychologist and a Senior Clinical Psychologist attend Tamworth South Public School to facilitate Autism Assessments for children considered high priority. Over the course of the two days, the therapists completed 16 Autism Assessments.

On the afternoon of 14 November 2022, the teams from Growing Early Minds, Growing Potential, Windaan, and Children First joined forces throwing a free after-school fun event with a free sausage sizzle, face-painting, seed-planting, kid craft activities, and goodie bags.

Ms Price added, “It was a great afternoon for everyone, we had some really enriching engagements, and it was nice to be able to connect in a face-to-face setting. For us, we see this as a long-term relationship and not a one-off encounter, and we are already in discussions about the future.”

For families residing in the Hunter New England area or any regional area in Australia who are interested in accessing early intervention services for speech pathology, occupational therapy, dietetics or psychology, Growing Early Minds can offer support for you and your child through our telehealth service. To find out more, call 1800 436 436 or contact us here.

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