“I think they love it there because they feel like the teachers listen to them. After their first visit, they lay in bed and talked about everything they’d learnt—they’d never done that before”.
Coonamble mother Michelle McCauley first contacted Royal Far West for help with behavioural management for her two young boys, Evan and Nick. Impressed and overwhelmed with the positive difference this made to their lives, Michelle and her mother Helen, wanted to give something back—to support the organisation that supported them when they needed it most.
There are now three generations of the McCauley family connected with Royal Far West. Michelle’s sons, Evan and Nick, both participate in a range of treatments and attend the Royal Far West school.
Michelle still can’t believe how much they enjoy the school and says ‘I think they love it there because they feel like the teachers listen to them. After their first visit, they lay in bed and talked about everything they’d learnt—they’d never done that before!’
After each visit, the team at Royal Far West communicate with the local school to ensure a smooth transition and continued support in their daily learning environment. What the boys learn at Royal Far West can then be translated to primary school work and homework is adapted appropriately. With firm structures in place and ongoing support from Royal Far West, Michelle says both Evan and Nick’s report cards have totally turned around. They are all in a routine that’s working for the whole family—the boys are making good progress and home life is much easier too.
Michelle has also gained from the experience and says that mixing with the other families that stay at Royal Far West also helped her cope. Her appreciation for the service is such that both her and her mother are actively involved at the local Coonamble branch where they each volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds.