Learning Links open first inner city centre in Alexandria
Linda Scott, Deputy Lord Mayor and City of Sydney Councillor, officially opened Learning Links’ newest centre in Alexandria last month, the first for the organisation in the city of Sydney.
To meet the growing demand for support services for children with additional needs in the area, the Learning Centre features four modern therapy rooms, which will allow professionals to provide a range of supports including speech therapy, occupational therapy, educational support for literacy and numeracy, assessments and psychological intervention to help children to reach their full learning potential, a spokesperson said.
Ms Scott outlined the “enormous pressures” that parents and families face when they have a child with additional needs, saying in her opening address that “these families need support and care and they need it provided in a way that is evidence-based and accessible. I think the work that Learning Links is doing is really wonderful and just so important in preventing students from falling through the gaps in our education system.”
Birgitte Maibom, Learning Links CEO, outlined the organisations focus on working closely with families and schools to empower children to thrive and succeed no matter their ability.
“This means providing children with that extra bit of help, so they can reach their full potential. Our vision is to support a community where learning difficulties are no longer a barrier to a fulfilling life,” she said.
Learning Links has over 45 years’ experience in supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities including ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays, and speech and language delays.
“Children struggling with these conditions are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. Early intervention for young children who experience developmental delays is critical to mitigate the risk of poor educational outcomes later in life.” a spokesperson said.
Ms Maibom expressed her excitement about bringing Learning Links to Alexandria, and the opportunities the arrival has brought to the community, to support children’s learning, wellbeing and participation, helping them reach their full potential.
Families interested in accessing support services in Alexandria can call (02) 8525 8250 or enquire here.