Challenge accepted - things to keep you going|

Every child is a blessing and all parents have good and bad days. If your child has a condition that hinders his emotional, social, mental or physical ability, then it can make the journey of parenthood even more difficult. However, every challenge is one worth celebrating and every milestone is one worth cherishing.

So, to our PakMag parents who have a challenge ahead, we salute you. And we want you to know these six important things:

You are more than just a mum (or dad).

To your child, you are his everything. You are his doctor, his therapist, his nurse, his chauffeur, his chef, his friend and his confidante.

For every bad day, every tantrum, every meltdown, every doctor’s visit, every frustrated tear and every night you go to bed thinking you’re not doing enough, just remember this – you are.

You deserve to be taken care of too.

Parenting is a full-time job but every parent deserves a break, even if your child requires constant care. It’s okay to take a time-out, to ask for help and to be taken care of too. It’s important that you don’t lose yourself during this journey.

Therapy and Play go hand in hand.

Therapy can be one of the best ways to help your child develop both physically and mentally. For children, therapy is play.

It’s your path and your decision is the right one.

You may need to make painful decisions on your journey, ones you will question for days, weeks, even years. But just remember, no matter what paths others have taken or what people around you think, as the parent and the carer, you know best. Trust your instincts.

You are not alone.

Some days it may feel like you are. And some days you may feel frustrated, angry, resentful, jealous and upset about what’s to come, especially if you start to make comparisons between your child and others.

Just remember we all feel like that sometimes. Every child is unique but you are never alone.

Look to your community for support – family members, friends, Facebook groups, associations and organisations can help.

Being a parent is hard. Being a parent to a child with extra needs is extra hard. But it is also extra interesting, with extra special moments and extra rewards.

Resources Available in FNQ

ARC Disability

  • Celebrating 40 years of services to people who have a disability and their families
  • (07) 4046 3600
  • 92 Little Street, Manunda

Cairns Total Physio

  • Helping children with scoliosis and postural issues, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay especially motor control/neurological delay, musculoskeletal injuries and Osgood Schlatters/Severs disease
  • (07) 4051 3252
  • 268 Gatton St

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association

  • Enhancing the lives of people with a disability through community engagement and education, sport and healthy activity.
  • (07) 4033 1487
  • 45-61 Tills Street, Westcourt Qld 4870

Autism Queensland

  • Offering ASD early intervention with a team of teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teacher aides.
  • 07 4034 6600
  • 15 – 17 Marr Street, Edmonton QLD 4869

Cairns CPL (Choice. Passion. Life)

  • Personalised therapy and disability support services for children and adults with cerebral palsy.
  • (07) 4041 4544
  • 1/111 Spence St, Cairns QLD 4870

C-Me-Swim’s C-Me-Shine Program

  • C-Me Shine is a unique therapeutic aquatic program for swimmers with additional needs.
  • 40532549

Little Sparrows Speech Therapy

  • Providing speech therapyservices for children having difficulty with speech, language, voice, fluency and more.
  • 0400 217 577

Caterpillar Clinic

  • Offering psychology services for children including assessment/invention for autism spectrum disorder.
  • 0430 198 921

Speech Pathology North Queensland

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association – Townsville

  • Enhancing the lives of people with a disability through community engagement and education, sport and healthy activity.
  • (07) 4721 4881
  • Sports House, 3-9 Redpath Street, North Ward, Townsville

Access Therapy Services

  • Providing occupational therapy in Townsville with a recent opening of their paediatrics sector.
  • (07) 4779 1886
  • 140 Ross River Road, Mundingburra, Townsville, QLD


  • Offering children’s occupational therapy and more in Townsville
  • 0418437274
  • Unit 4/9 Railway Avenue, Railway Estate, Townsville 4810

Hear and Say Centre

  • Helping all children to hear, listen and speak so they can attend a regular school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in their community.
  • (07) 3850 2111
  • 1 James Cook Drive, JCU Douglas Campus, Townsville

Townsville CPL (Choice. Passion. Life)

TalkNQ Speech Pathology

  • Specialising in helping child with speech development, spelling, reading and vocabulary difficulties
  • 0467 239 554

Australian Hearing – Mackay

  • Providing hearing assistance to children of all abilities
  • (07) 4957 0900
  • 7 Gregory St, Mackay

Autism Queensland Mackay

  • Offering ASD early invention with a team of teachers, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, psychologist and teacher aides.
  • 07 4841 8300
  • The John Villiers Centre of Excellence Mackay Whitsunday, 10 Macrossan St, East Mackay QLD 4740

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association – Mackay

  • Enhancing the lives of people with a disability through community engagement and education, sport and healthy activity.
  • 07 3253 3322
  • The Old Train Station, 36 Hamlet Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Begin Bright Mackay

  • A tutoring service that aims to create a learning environment where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • 0400 161 902
  • 17/13 Evans Ave. North Mackay


  • A community based local organisation providing support to people with a disability.
  • (07) 4942 5495
  • 23 Holmes Drive Beaconsfield



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