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According to national statistics, every day 130 children suffer abuse or neglect in Australia. That’s 47,516 abused or neglected kids in one year alone.
Your donations today will give these children access to a range of life-changing services, free of charge. Together, we can provide services that will help heal the little hearts and minds of these young vulnerable lives and give them a second chance at childhood.
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Five-year-old Maddie has lived through moments that we can only imagine. Her parents showed her very little love and affection and there were no games or learning experiences in her home. Most days, Maddie was left to her own devices, charged with feeding, entertaining, and caring for herself.
Due to the abusive nature of her home, Maddie was removed from her parents and now lives with her grandmother.
As a result of the ongoing trauma, her speech and language were severely delayed and later she suffered separation anxiety from her grandmother and was unable to safely leave her side. Maddie only communicated with her grandmother using gestures such as pointing, and very basic single words.
She doesn’t always understand her feelings; they’re big, loud, and overwhelming.
Although she looks like any other little girl, the trauma she suffered has left scars that will last a lifetime without ongoing therapy.
Every Monday, Maddie has been receiving speech therapy and psychological support from Act for Kids to build on her relationship with her grandmother to encourage safe separation and develop speech and language skills.
After two months of intensive integrated therapy, Maddie had a breakthrough.
One Monday morning, the normally reserved and very anxious little girl greeted her therapist with a wide grin, declaring that she loves Mondays because she can spend time with her therapists and grandmother doing fun activities and afterward everyone is really happy.
Maddie can now communicate using phrases and short sentences with a range of vocabulary and expression, resulting in improved outcomes at home and at school.
Mondays have become a day of learning, fun, and happiness, where Maddie and her grandmother engage in an online session together. Her grandmother reports they are really enjoying all the additional activities and resources as it keeps Maddie busy, interested, and entertained, while also promoting her language and overall learning. In a recent therapy session, Maddie said that every day should be like a Monday – full of smiles and laughter.
Thanks to the support of people like you, Maddie received integrated therapy to help her overcome the trauma in her life and create a positive outlook for the future.