In this highly advanced technological world, with sophisticated engineering, medicine and computers, who would have thought a microscopic particle, a million times smaller than a grain of sand, would infiltrate our society and cripple our world. COVID-19 has surely changed life as we know it.

At first glance, we see the superficial changes in the functioning of our society such as face masks, vaccines, hand-sanitisers, covid check-ins and social distancing. These have now become a part of everyday life. However, these observable changes are tokenistic compared to the detrimental impact this lockdown is having on the economy, businesses, families, mental health and the welfare of the vulnerable – especially those with special needs.

Indeed, the Sydney South West community has taken one of the hardest hits across the state. On a daily basis, we see covid positive cases soar and the tragic deaths of its members. An incredibly disheartening situation. The mourning is being felt in our neighbourhood too. Driving through the empty streets cherished businesses such as bakeries, cafes and restaurants are shut. These businesses are not just places of consumption – they represent culture and connection. Truly, Sydney South West is not bustling as usual.

In this highly advanced technological world, with sophisticated engineering, medicine and computers, who would have thought a microscopic particle, a million times smaller than a grain of sand, would infiltrate our society and cripple our world. COVID-19 has surely changed life as we know it.

At first glance, we see the superficial changes in the functioning of our society such as face masks, vaccines, hand-sanitisers, covid check-ins and social distancing. These have now become a part of everyday life. However, these observable changes are tokenistic compared to the detrimental impact this lockdown is having on the economy, businesses, families, mental health and the welfare of the vulnerable – especially those with special needs.

Indeed, the Sydney South West community has taken one of the hardest hits across the state. On a daily basis, we see covid positive cases soar and the tragic deaths of its members. An incredibly disheartening situation. The mourning is being felt in our neighbourhood too. Driving through the empty streets cherished businesses such as bakeries, cafes and restaurants are shut. These businesses are not just places of consumption – they represent culture and connection. Truly, Sydney South West is not bustling as usual.

During this pandemic, the team at the Kids Clinic continue to be deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our patients and their families. We are feeling the emotional impact on us and are extremely empathetic to all families in our community who are suffering because of this pandemic and its associated lockdown orders. We understand the importance of routine in the lives of children with special needs as they do not cope with changes very well.

We are observing increased stress and agony on parents and caregivers as they try to deal with their child’s escalating anxiety, depression, anger, disruptive behaviour on top of trying to address their child’s special needs. We are hearing distressing reports of children going missing for consecutive days. We are also hearing about the desperate situation of some parents having to call the police to intervene, as acts of aggression and domestic violence were occurring in households while complying with stay-at-home orders. Our hearts go out to all of you.

Despite the unique challenges this pandemic is bringing upon all of us, the Kids Clinic are shining through by remaining operational and we are continuing to show support and love for the families we serve. We are working tirelessly and beyond operational hours to ensure that our families receive the care and support they need to get through their issues and concerns. We extend heartfelt apologies where we have not met our families’ needs in our usual swift delivery. However, our aim is to continue empowering families to rise above their challenges so they can face the world with courage and hope. We are showing a proactive approach by forming connections and reinforcing existing ones with different community resources so that we can achieve the best outcomes for our families. So far, we have seen positive and encouraging results from our tiresome efforts – it has all been worth it.

Our endeavours have resulted in seeing our children get back on track and continue their intervention strategies so they can excel. It has been pleasing to see some of our children successfully transition to remote learning. It has actually had a positive impact on some of our patients’ anxiety levels as they can learn in a more controlled, secure and predictable environment.

On a grander scope, history has shown us that pandemics can come to an end – that should give us a basis for hope. So with eyes looking forward may we focus on how we plan to get through this situation and envision a better world. Close our eyes and imagine that children will find happiness and enjoyment being back at school. Family holidays and spending Sunday afternoon with a big family bbq will be a reality. Visiting our favourite retail shops and finally getting that hair-cut we desperately need is just around the corner. Businesses and the economy bouncing back. Parties, celebrations and weddings being bigger than ever.

As we continue to move forward may we grow individually and as a community– showing ever more love, gratitude and hope. To remember that a day spent with loved ones or earning an honest day’s pay is something to celebrate and not to be taken for granted. To greet strangers on the street and be more patient with each other will promote peace and harmony. This is a world we look forward to.

During this pandemic, the team at the Kids Clinic continue to be deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our patients and their families. We are feeling the emotional impact on us and are extremely empathetic to all families in our community who are suffering because of this pandemic and its associated lockdown orders. We understand the importance of routine in the lives of children with special needs as they do not cope with changes very well.

We are observing increased stress and agony on parents and caregivers as they try to deal with their child’s escalating anxiety, depression, anger, disruptive behaviour on top of trying to address their child’s special needs. We are hearing distressing reports of children going missing for consecutive days. We are also hearing about the desperate situation of some parents having to call the police to intervene, as acts of aggression and domestic violence were occurring in households while complying with stay-at-home orders. Our hearts go out to all of you.

Despite the unique challenges this pandemic is bringing upon all of us, the Kids Clinic are shining through by remaining operational and we are continuing to show support and love for the families we serve. We are working tirelessly and beyond operational hours to ensure that our families receive the care and support they need to get through their issues and concerns. We extend heartfelt apologies where we have not met our families’ needs in our usual swift delivery. However, our aim is to continue empowering families to rise above their challenges so they can face the world with courage and hope. We are showing a proactive approach by forming connections and reinforcing existing ones with different community resources so that we can achieve the best outcomes for our families. So far, we have seen positive and encouraging results from our tiresome efforts – it has all been worth it.

Our endeavours have resulted in seeing our children get back on track and continue their intervention strategies so they can excel. It has been pleasing to see some of our children successfully transition to remote learning. It has actually had a positive impact on some of our patients’ anxiety levels as they can learn in a more controlled, secure and predictable environment.

On a grander scope, history has shown us that pandemics can come to an end – that should give us a basis for hope. So with eyes looking forward may we focus on how we plan to get through this situation and envision a better world. Close our eyes and imagine that children will find happiness and enjoyment being back at school. Family holidays and spending Sunday afternoon with a big family bbq will be a reality. Visiting our favourite retail shops and finally getting that hair-cut we desperately need is just around the corner. Businesses and the economy bouncing back. Parties, celebrations and weddings being bigger than ever.

As we continue to move forward may we grow individually and as a community– showing ever more love, gratitude and hope. To remember that a day spent with loved ones or earning an honest day’s pay is something to celebrate and not to be taken for granted. To greet strangers on the street and be more patient with each other will promote peace and harmony. This is a world we look forward to.

About Kids Clinic

Kids Clinic is a Paediatric Clinic and Early Intervention providers (NDIS) for children with developmental, behavioural and functional skills impairment.