SibsWest was establishing in early 2015 as a WA peer support group for Siblings of people living with disability. Evidence has shown that Siblings may struggle with their identity in childhood, and be at higher risk of depression, anxiety and relationship issues as they approach adulthood. Siblings are now taking an increasing role in the support and advocacy of their family members. Where these transitions are not planned or well managed the impacts can affect all involved
Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of young children with disability / developmental delays and their families.
Better Start Early Days is a program for families of young children with a disability funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Their website provides links to free workshops and online webinars to help families understand how the funding works, learn more about services and supports, meet other parents and build confidence.
An ECIA Guide for Families to Assist the Inclusion of Young Children with Disability into Community Life in Western Australia
WA Rockability Group not-for-profit organisation that is motivated to increase the meaningful engagement in music, for anybody. They aim at increasing the opportunities for people to engage in music-groups and with other individuals to increase purpose and well being in their lives.
Kids Camps Inc is a community organisation that provides exciting and rewarding camps for children and young people with a disability. They have been supporting families and carers by providing much-needed respite for over 30 years.
The Department of Commerce website has information for families when purchasing disability-related goods and services. General information for consumers with disability can alas be accessed via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Developmental Disability WA have produced a guide for parents, family members and carers who are worried about their child’s or family members behaviour. The guide offers suggestions that may help, explains who else can help and how and where you and your child can get support.
Clan WA Workshops are free courses for families, parents and carers in the community. Parenting Workshops cover topics such as building resilience, growth & development from toddlerhood to adolescence, communicating more effectively with children, & dealing with challenging behaviours.
First 5 Forever is a Queensland based family literacy program. The program aims to facilitate stronger language environments and emergent literacy skills for young children 0-5 years. Their website provides information and tools to help parents in supporting confidence around communication and learning through everyday experiences.
This video clip on Brain Development gives an insight in to early brain development and it's impact on later life.
Raising Children Network is an Australian parenting resource website. They have research-based content on many different topics for all stages from pregnancy to newborns to teens.
Raising Bilingual Children is an article written by The Conversation, which debunks common myths about raising bilingual children.
Learning new skills
Kids' Skills by Dr Ben Furman "Kids' Skills is a solution-focused method for helping children overcome problems by learning skill." (From Kids' Skills in a nutshell)
Self Regulation by Stuart Shanker (Parent and Teacher Brochure)
Canadian Self Regulation Initiative (CSRi) (Website)
Self Regulation & Learning Video (TEDx Presentation by Stuart Shanker)
The Importance of Self Regulation (Powerpoint Slides by Shanker & Harris, 2007)
Helping kids to self-regulate (Podcast by Stuart Shanker 5/6/12 ABC Radio)
Speech and Language