A Morning with Lifestart


November 20, 2013 Re-posted from my wordpress blog

I spent an interesting morning today with parents of children enrolled in Lifestart. Lifestart provides early childhood intervention and school age services for children living with disability or development delay, their families and carers.

We had a good time learning baby massage techniques that can help children with different disabilities. It is a wonderful way for parents to relate to their children, improve the quality of their child’s everyday life and help restore the correct tone to the muscles, free the joints and allow a normal pattern of movement.

I got to meet up with a child that I took care of in the Special Care Nursery in hospital. She is now 2 yrs old and doing very well. She has a disability called Noomans syndrome but she is a delightful, happy, bright little girl with so much to give, and a dad who is so proud of her :-)

We talked about how baby massage is listening with your eyes, ears and heart. Baby massage is all about relationships. A quote from Hippocrates that I quite like is:

“Of all things the physician should be good at rubbing,
for rubbing tightens a joint that is loose
and loosens a joint that is tight.”

Below is a little bit of information about Lifestart. I think it is a fantastic organisation! Well worth supporting!

Welcome to Lifestart

Lifestart provides early childhood intervention and school age services for children living with disability or delay, their families and carers. Disabilities can range from the more widely known Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, to global developmental delay and much rarer congenital genetic disorders.

Our Vision – That children with additional needs are empowered to participate meaningfully in their community.

Our Mission – Lifestart aims to provide individualised support to give children the best possible start in life.

Lifestart has seven centres in the Greater Sydney area and is a leader in early childhood intervention and school age services. Lifestart’s main focus is to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families using a person centred approach within the framework of family centred practice. Lifestart aims to support children learning in their natural environments to facilitate meaningful inclusion.

Lifestart is supported by government and also relies on the generosity of the community to provide services for children and their families who live with disability.

As a charity in the Steggles Charity Nest, we congratulate the Roosters, (sponsored by Steggles), for their NRL Grand Final win!

Ask Lifestart

If you have any questions about our services or would like to become a Lifestart member, sponsor, supporter or volunteer, contact us, Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) on (02) 9364 0111 www.lifestart.org.au