A guide to moving with special needs children

Children find it harder to cope with change. A significant change such as moving to another country can be difficult for adults too. The whole exercise is unsettling for kids and it can be unnerving for children with special needs. It is not sufficient for the transition to be well planned. The special needs of…

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Marae-based programme offers variety

A highlight for participants on the Ngā Mara Ātea marae-based cultural day programme at Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton in late 2018 was setting up the Christmas trees in the central business district at Garden Place.

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The Cow Shed Story

Joanne Pudney is the mother of a 21-rear old who has high and complex needs. She writes about him and the solution they found in their own back yard. Jack is nonverbal, incontinent, has restricted mobility, and Addison’s disease – and is unable to self-regulate physical and emotional stress, which, translated, means very challenging behaviours.…

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Trying The Good Life

Everyone is different, and the support structures will have to take in whole of life views, says Michael Pulman, one of the clients trialling Enabling Good Lives. “At present we focus too much on care and hours of need. The reality is that it varies, and we need contingencies for people with evolving health needs.”

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Harata, in her happy peace

Harata Te Whetu is a people person, community oriented and she thrives in the Ngā Mara Āte marae-based programme for people with disabilities.

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A room to relax and stimulate

Regular exposure to the Snoezelen sensory room at Life Unlimited enables clients to relax and explore their sensory environment, and in turn find more appropriate ways to remain relaxed or stimulated outside of the room.

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Kihikihi hub is a winner

A Waikato township’s community has ready access to health care thanks to the work of an innovative group of organisations. The hub supports tamariki and Maori whānau

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A chip off the old block

April Johnson was inspired by her parents and the journey of a family member after a serious car crash. The fish and chips kid of Huntly was destined to find her niche in helping others.

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Aileen’s letter ‘a gift’

Aileen Mudford is living day-to-day with cancer. Travelling and getting out and about has been made so much easier for her because of the products available at Life Unlimited Store.

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