Our daughter was referred to the John McGivney Children’s Centre at 4 months of age by her paediatrician due to some concerns related to her prematurity. Julia was born at 32 weeks and weighed 3lbs 12oz at birth. She started receiving physiotherapy and occupational therapy once a week and was being monitored by speech therapy. I can’t even begin to say how grateful we are to all of her therapists through the years that have helped her become the vibrant 4 year old she is today. Julia started in the preschool program when she was 2 years old and I do believe this is one of the best decisions we have ever made. The preschool program along with Anita and her staff have been amazing and have helped Julia flourish in every aspect of her life. They along with Kathy Soulliere, Julia’s educational consultant have been such a support when last year we decided not to start Julia at 3 years of age in junior kindergarten when she was supposed to begin. We just thought she was not ready and were supported by all involved. Even though we had already started the transition process, the extra year in the preschool program and receiving her therapies at the Centre has done her a world of good. Julia has now been released from all of her therapy services because she has made such strides in the last year that she no longer needs regular services. The decision that we made to keep her at the Centre the extra year was made possible by all of the support we received from everyone involved. We believe the extra year will make Julia’s school transition a positive experience, which we are very excited about, but also a little sad because she will be finished at John McGivney Children’s Centre. This resource has had such an impact on not only Julia’s life but our whole family, and we will be forever grateful to everyone who has truly helped our daughter’s abilities to grow.
By: Tricia and Kevin Moffat