Susan Lumley with her son Joel Talbot, 4.
Susan Lumley with her son Joel Talbot, 4.

Reward for development centre

LIKE every mum, Trisha Shelton just wants the best for her child; this year she found it at Warwick West’s Early Childhood Development Centre.

Six months ago she and her husband Carl made the decision to start their two-year-old son Brett at the centre.

The move has already changed their family life.

“When Brett started here, he didn’t understand the word ‘no’, he wasn’t sleeping more than two hours a day,” Mrs Shelton said.

“We were pretty stressed.

“It is hard to explain how much has changed. Brett sleeps, he is easier to manage; it has truly been life-changing.”

Like all students at the centre, Brett has special needs, although medical experts are still working to formally diagnosis his condition.

Yesterday parents, students and teachers made time to celebrate this year’s achievements as part of the centre’s annual Christmas party.

Teacher Susie Welch said the centre provided vital support for young children with special needs from throughout the Southern Downs region.

“We are here to listen and help and make sure our parents are aware of what support resources are available,” Mrs Welsh said.

“But on a personal level, as a teacher working with families it is the most rewarding job.”


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