03 April 2021, By Poorna Prakash
A Family Auslan Bond
Renee found the perfect fit for her whole family with early intervention service Hear for Kids, and couldn’t be happier.
Renee from Atherton in regional Queensland discovered Hear for Kids in 2011, after struggling to find suitable support for her son Kienan. She knew straight away she was making the right decision.
“When we were looking at options, it just didn’t gel with me that many places we tried would just tell kids to talk, without considering how the child wanted to naturally express themselves,” says Renee.
“We chose Hear for Kids because they allowed Kienan to communicate in the way he naturally did, and build on that.”
Today, Kienan’s three year-old sister Ashlynn also participates in the program, along with seven year-old brother Elysian. Elysian has a diagnosis of autism and has benefited greatly from working alongside his siblings and the Hear for Kids team.
“Having all three kids in the same service is great, because they’ve really gotten to know my family,” Renee says. “For Elysian, learning to communicate through sign language has greatly helped his speech delay, and allowed him to really come out of his shell.”