Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 528 Issue Date: 17 Jun, 2019

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Kathryn Fitzgerald

Guest Speaker


Our Guest Speakers today were Kathryn Fitzgerald and Mel Haque who spoke about their work at “Aidan’s Place” This project came about a few years ago when Mel was telling Kathryn (who is a Speech Pathologist) of the frustration she was finding co-ordinating the care and services for her autistic son Aidan. Together they decided to form an organisation to fill this gap, called “Aidan’s Place”
This is a clever acronym for their philosophy and purpose: “Autism, Intervention, Development And Networking” and aims to support Autistic children and their families navigate the complexity of the medical and support system.
Autism is part of a spectrum that is known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Up to 1:160 children are affected to varying degrees, and have difficulty with social communication, interaction and imagination. These children can’t understand the feelings of others, problem solve or understand the concept of danger.

Pres Laurie and Kathryn

Mel Haque

“Aidan’s Place” has been granted status as an Early Years Funding Panel Provider by the Cwth Dept of Health and Aging. It runs intensive early intervention programs including the Shooting Stars Play Group.
Family involvement is encouraged including providing support for siblings and Dads! Goals are established for each child and services are arranged in a co-ordinated manner. The big news is that Aidan’s Place has been given a Royalties for Regions Grant, so plans are underway for a considerable extension of its services!
Thanked by Shain Forth, both Kathryn and Mel were presented with wine glasses!

Author: Ian Taylor

Published: 16 August, 2009


Meeting Rosters
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
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Peter Svensson
Lew Hills
Peter Svensson
Graeme Bylund
Ray Haynes
Raj Mavath
Geoff Wood
Grant Woodhams
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Laurie Dines
Glenn O'Brien
Peter Svensson
Clark Scarff
Scott Bennett
Terry Stewart
Geoff Watson
Peter Svensson
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10 Jul, 19
Kevin Watson
John Gooch
Michelle Mitchell
Paul Pirrottina
Kerryn Horo
Bruce Ralph
Raj Mavath
Ian Taylor
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