Jack is an outgoing, confident and happy little seven year old boy who doesn’t let his diagnosis of Autism stand in his way. For Jack, Autism has bought many challenges relating to expressive and receptive language, attention and concentration. The team at Kids Are Kids! has helped Jack reach big milestones, he has made significant gains in just 6 months. Jack is now more focused, can follow instructions and his sentence length has increased allowing him to participate in conversation and follow class time routine.
Evie Warmington, Jack’s mother, is thrilled with the progress Jack has made with Kids Are Kids! in such a short time, “We are so grateful that Jack’s Speech Pathologist has been able to work with him so nicely to get amazing outcomes. She has been encouraging and playful yet firm when she has needed to be, so that relationship is really important in Jack’s development. Jack is always so excited to enter the Xploration Hub and it’s been a really useful tool for his therapy”, said Evie.
The Xploration Hub at Kids Are Kids! plays a large role in Jack’s therapy. Speech Pathologist Alex Enright said the state of the art sensory facility is used pre and post therapy for Jack. “Jack’s
ability to focus during therapy is still developing, therefore a visit to the active room before his session helps Jack to exert his energy in a safe place and he can then concentrate on the tasks being asked of him during therapy. Alternatively, Jack is highly driven by reward therefore using the Xploration Hub as a reward of free-play after Jack’s session helps him to perform and focus during his session”, said Alex.
The sensory facility was made possible due to the 2015 Think Fragile X Foundation’s Gala Dinner which raised over $180,000 for the facility to be planned, constructed and resourced.
The Xploration Hub is equipped with an active and calming room allowing children with disabilities or developmental needs to explore and learn in a safe environment. The active room allows children to interact within a therapeutic environment and get feedback through movement, sound, texture and light. The calming room is equipped with bubble tubes, vibrating beanbags and specialized equipment to assist with deep pressure sensation. The magic carpet has over 600 applications and is an amazing tool for interaction and learning.
Jack and his family and the team at Kids Are Kids! continue to work hard to further develop his language and concentration through school and centre-based visits. “We thought we were never going to get there, but it can happen, it is possible. Jack’s progress has exceeded our expectations and we are very much looking forward to seeing him grow and develop even more”, said Evie.