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31Partyline July 2013 Natalie Kaine, an Occupational Therapist based in Vision Australias Sydney office, has recently started using video conferencing to connect with her clients in rural and remote NSW. I felt a huge relief knowing I could provide clients living in remote areas with more regular support. Rather than travelling to my clients once or twice a year I am now able to make frequent appointments. The impact of regular sessions makes it easier to assist with their development and help children overcome the day-to-day challenges, said Natalie. Melanie McGown of Port Lincoln, South Australia, says, We were flying 650km fortnightly to Adelaide from Port Lincoln for three years to access specialised support for my daughter who has a cochlear hearing implant. Now she and her School Support Officer link in at the Port Lincoln Primary School for sessions provided by the Cora Barclay Centre team in Adelaide.Some children undertake sessions in the comfort of their home while others like Melanies daughter link in for sessions at school. Brian Gabb, Principal of Port Lincoln Primary School, said, The program is providing a vital learning opportunity for the student. Our support staff are also learning more about the needs of children with cochlear implants. As a regional school we really appreciate the programs use of technology and assistive programs to provide our students with the same opportunities available in metropolitan areas. If you know a child who would benefit from VidKids visit www.vidkids.org, contact VidKidsInfo@visionaustralia. org or phone 1300 365 492 for further information. Cora Barclay Centre
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