When was the last time Mondays meant more to you than a rushed cup of coffee, boatloads of stress and a flurry of check-boxes?
For kids like Max, Monday represents hope, communication, connection and happiness. A day packed with self-discovery, therapy, fun, games, happiness and hard work.
While Act for Kids continues to change the lives of vulnerable kids through important programs and support services, we need your help.
Everyone should love Mondays.
How Mondays Changed Max's Life
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Five-year-old Max is a victim of significant child abuse. He had suffered severe verbal, physical and emotional abuse and neglect at the hands of his parents who were supposed to love and protect him.
Life for Max was very lonely. He was shown very little love and affection.
During the lockdown period - which resulted from the global pandemic – both of his parents lost their jobs and were at home with Max.
There were no games, fun or learning experiences in Max’s home. Max’s abuse increased significantly. He was left to his own devices, with no adult supervision or interaction with his parents on most days.
Due to the seriousness of Max’s situation, he was removed from his parents' care and placed with his grandmother, Shirley. As a result of the trauma he had suffered at the hands of his parents, Max had severe developmental delays. His speech and language was limited, and he was socially withdrawn. Max only communicated using simple gestures such as pointing and using single words.
Sadly, it’s not uncommon for children who are abused and neglected to find it difficult to interact positively with other people or express themselves using words. They struggle to understand their own feelings and frequently feel overwhelmed.
Max became very attached to his grandmother, and he struggled to safely leave her side. He would suffer separation anxiety whenever he was away from her.
Desperate to help Max heal from the trauma he had experienced so that he could lead a happier life, Shirley contacted the team at Act for Kids.
Every Monday, Max and Shirley visit Act for Kids, where Max receives speech therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological support to build on his relationship with his grandmother, encourage safe separation, and develop speech and language skills. After two months of intensive therapy, Max had a breakthrough.
One Monday morning, the normally very reserved and anxious little boy had a big smile on his face. He told his therapist that he “loves Mondays” because he can spend time with his grandmother doing fun activities, and that makes him feel really happy.
Max is now communicating using phrases and short sentences with a range of vocabulary and expression, resulting in improved outcomes at home and at school.
However, due to Max’s complex learning needs, his therapy has become more intensive from one session to the next, and so the Act for Kids team have been working with Shirley to help her develop a range of skills and activities so that she can engage with Max at home and keep him busy, interested and entertained, while also promoting his language and overall learning – on days that aren’t Monday.
Max and his team of caring adults still have work to do.
And that's where you come in.
Although Max continues to improve, he still struggles with anxiety and will need long-term support to help him overcome his past experiences. He has experienced a lot of trauma already in his short life, but with continued support and positive reinforcement, Max will go on to achieve his full potential, expressing himself with confidence, and he will no longer be filled with fear and apprehension in the future.
In a recent therapy session, Max said that every day is starting to feel like Monday – happy and fun.
We can’t change Max’s life and other children without your help.
How your donation will change lives
Fund essential telehealth therapy for vulnerable children and their families during and after COVID-19.
Prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting the service that aids struggling parents and carers.
Provide integrated therapy services so children can speak confidently, play openly and learn the necessary skills to thrive.