Julie Brocklehurst and Andrew Boland
We began our careers in child care at Daybreak Parent Child Centre, where focus is on optimal learning, development and programming for children and families experiencing difficulties. Our role as Child Specific Support Staff involved working directly with children aged 2-5 with complex and high developmental needs including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, global delays and behavioural issues. We provided support for the children in their day-to-day schedule as well as assisted in implementing therapeutic interventions which included cognitive based programs, sensory programs, mobility programs and compliancy programs. The staff of the Children’s Program work with families and professionals in the social, health and education fields to develop a team approach to child programming. This includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, child psychologists, guidance counsellors and others. Input is sought from the Child Specific Support Staff and in turn, we implemented the programs. Daybreak uses the Individual Support Service Plan for all children with complex needs. In this regard, we have been active participants at ISSP meetings and have contributed to the ISSP records of many children.
Our work at Daybreak Parent Child Centre was challenging, fulfilling and resulting in positive outcomes for children and families.
Andrew has most recently been employed as the Inclusion Coordinator for Little People’s Workshop. In this role, he provided consultation to Early Childhood Educators on programming for children with special needs. This included the development and follow up of various individualized interventions for children including behavioural programs, social/emotional programs, self-regulation programs and cognitive programs. He was also responsible for arranging referrals for assessments through the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre and other child and family services.
Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has completed courses through the College of the North Atlantic Physiotherapy Assistant Program, which include studies in Normal Functional Movement, Disabling Conditions, Communication Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders, Developmental Psychology, and Communications for Rehabilitation Assistants. She has also completed work placements in various rehabilitation settings, including the L.A. Miller Centre and The Health Sciences Centre.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Memorial University, which included coursework in Child Development, Individual Differences, Learning, Abnormal Psychology and Family Psychology.
We are both certified Entry Level Early Childhood Educators and Julie has completed the Family Child Care Certification through Family Child Care Connections.
In addition to our practical and educational experience, we also have hands-on personal experience working with children with various disabilities. We have our own child with cerebral palsy, and have been very involved with all aspects of his care and therapy through the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.