Go Kent!

February 13, 2015

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I would like to congratulate the staff at Interchange Balance Community and Enterprises for Kent’s smooth transition from school to his adult life.

I have noticed such an increase in his self confidence in the short time he has been in the program . Kent had not attended a school camp since he was in year 8 and the prospect of going on camp caused much anxiety for him.  It is almost unbelievable how excited he was to go to Phillip Island on his first Balance Holiday with Interchange. He had a ball and announced when he got home he’s going on the next one (“preferably to Queensland” he said!)

Four months ago I would not have imagined Kent on the public transport system, he has taken to it so well and has told everyone who will listen how independent he now is.  His ability to problem solve when he has got the wrong bus or missed a bus has blown me away . On his first day he phoned me and announced he was on the wrong bus. My initial thought was to panic, tell him to stay where he was and I’d come and get him, however, I resisted that temptation and the voice at the other end of the phone said, “Don’t you worry Mum I’m just going to get off at Upper Gully and jump on a train to Upwey and then walk home .” Which is exactly what he did. I did have some back up reassurance in the form of the ‘Find my iPhone app’ and I watched his journey home, but he was unaware if that, or my anxiety of him doing something we had not practiced during the holidays.

Kent has since caught taxis, buses , trains and a couple of times a week gets a bus, train then a connecting bus and meets me at my work .

All the activities he has done he has loved sharing with family and friends. The general response from them being that they, “can’t believe how much he has grown up in such a short period of time”.

I feel so fortunate to have such a program available for Kent. It is a great balance of work, social and recreational activities . There are still many things we need to continue to work on, but if the first few weeks are anything to go by, who knows what he is capable of. He has certainly exceeded the expectations of many already. Kent is so proud to tell people he doesn’t go to school any more and that he goes to Interchange.

He has a new found spring in his step and for that I’m grateful.

by  Julie Price – Kent Price’s Mother.

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