Rock Solid

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Welcome to Rock Solid

Welcome! Rock Solid is for Aboriginal families with school-aged or younger children with special needs in Victoria. Here, we use the term ‘Aboriginal families’ to include all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Rock Solid covers some common themes that people in community have told us about. This information is for everyone […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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About Rock Solid

A little bit about Rock Solid and its journey. Rock Solid is a resource developed for the Aboriginal community, through deep partnership between the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) and Aboriginal researcher and community advocate, Jody Barney. Jody Barney is a Urangan/Birri-Gubba Deaf woman living in regional Victoria. Jody has worked in the […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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What’s in Rock Solid

A quick guide to what is in every section of Rock Solid. Families share their experiences and knowledge throughout every section of Rock Solid. Click on the links below to go to the menu page for that section. Early in the journey: before your child starts school This section talks about the first steps that […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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Early in the journey: before your child starts school

There is a lot of help out there for children with special needs, before they even get to school. Introduction “The doctor said to me, ‘You’re right, he’s autistic’. It was a relief in a lot of ways. But in other ways, I’m thinking, ‘Oh god, what’s the road I’ve got ahead of me’. But […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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The first steps: getting help for your child’s needs

As a parent or carer, you have your own journey to get help for your child’s needs. Community shared care For many Aboriginal families, community is the first stepping stone to getting help for their child’s special needs. Community have a very strong sense of shared care. Some families may feel overwhelmed with their child’s […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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Which path to take? Talking about labels and community

Many people in community dislike the use of labels, such as the names that doctors and specialists give to different kinds of special needs. Part of the mob “Diagnosis” is when a name or a label is given to your child’s disability or special needs, maybe after seeing a doctor or a specialist, like a […]

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Some families’ experiences of diagnosis

Families talk about how information from their child’s diagnosis helped them on their journey. Knowledge to get help for your child Getting a diagnosis can help you get some solid answers about what is happening for your child. It can also give you more ideas about what you and others can do to help them. […]

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Next steps: where to start looking for help

There are many places you can start, on the journey to find services and support. You can start with Aboriginal services If think your child might have special needs, you could start by talking to an Aboriginal service: your local Aboriginal health service, your Co-operative or another Aboriginal service, such as VACCA, VACCHO, VAEAI or […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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Testing and diagnosis

A quick guide to what to expect, if you seek a diagnosis for your child. Starting this part of the journey Diagnosis is when a name is given to your child’s special needs. Many children are diagnosed when they are little, but diagnosis can happen at any age. It is a good idea to get […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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What kind of help can you get?

A quick guide to some of the services out there for children and families. Funding to pay for services You can get funding to pay for many of the types of services listed below and elsewhere in Rock Solid, depending on your child’s age and special needs. To find out about what funding you can […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015