Supporting rural families - House with No Steps

Supporting rural families

“It’s really tough to have a child diagnosed in this area where there’s limited support. So your help would really not just help my family, but many, many other families in rural and remote areas, on their journey”. - Jane

What’s the answer when help is a 416km round trip away?

Country Australia is a beautiful place to live. But for Jane and Rowan O’Brien its beauty has been obscured by the challenges of what they describe as “a long journey”.

Their days in Inverell, in regional NSW, were already frantic with the stress every parent knows. They had three kids under 7. Then they discovered the extra struggles of their eldest, Patrick, were caused by autism, where relating to others is extremely distressing and confusing. Unable to understand the emotional reactions, this leads to angry outbursts and behaviour difficult to control.

Imagine being a parent, overwhelmed by a child needing special help, but that help is more than 200 kms away.

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Please donate now to help other remote families, like the O'Briens, get the support they need.

Now, a lot of water has gone under the bridge. For Jane and Rowan, the hardest thing of all has been the fact that they have mostly had to deal with their difficulties alone. Jane says: “But I do feel like in the last 12 months I’ve started to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel”.

The family was referred to House with No Steps and linked with Chantelle, one of our fantastic Behavioural Support and Practice Co-ordinators. She provides phone support, is working on a plan to remotely assist the family with their biggest issues, and is using innovations like the use of a Fitbit device so Patrick can learn to monitor stress and take control of his reactions.

Jane says: “It’s really tough to have a child diagnosed in this area where there’s limited support. So your help would really not just help my family, but many, many other families in rural and remote areas, on their journey”.

Your donation today will increase the help we offer these families. We’ve made a start – your support will see us go further still.

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