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Why Bunbury is inclusive for all kinds of children

By Kevin Kelly

For families with children that have special needs, it can sometimes be hard to feel supported when you move to a new region.

At Ray White Bunbury, we're proud to be part of a city that gives children the best step forward in life. We have a great education system, with many programs and activities to make all children feel included.

Here's just a few examples why:

The quality of our educators

A Bunbury education assistant has recently had her 20 years of supporting children with disabilities recognised by the WA Department of Education's 2016 Education Assistant of the Year award.

Stephanie Lee was one of just four finalists selected to receive this award, a high distinction for those of us living in the Bunbury area.

"It feels good to be acknowledged for the hard work I and others put in," said Ms Lee, speaking to Bunbury Mail.

But it's not only Ms Lee who's making waves in the region. Other schools are doing their best to assist students too.

Surf therapy

Four schools in Bunbury have recently taken part in a "surf therapy" program, designed to help children with cognitive or physical difficulties, in an effort to improve their anxiety and engagement in class.

So far the program has been a roaring success. Dardanup Primary School principal Melanie Clarke has seen a dramatic change in her pupils since taking part.

"We've noticed a greater focus in the classroom, we've noticed resilience in situations which previously would have affected students," Mrs Clarke tells ABC News.

The six-week program, run by University of Rhode Island graduate Kelli Hingerton, has been so popular, she's been invited back to run the program again next year. Looking to buy property in Bunbury? You'll be pleased to know your child won't miss out next summer. 

Christmas for all

Christmas can be a challenging time for children with special needs, especially when it comes to simple things like sitting on Santa's lap. For the second year running, Bunbury Forum will be hosting private 'Sensitive Santa' events in a sensory-friendly and wheelchair/pram-friendly environment. With no music or spotlights, and private booking sessions, it's a great way for all children to feel the magic of Christmas this year.

In Bunbury, we want all kinds of families to feel welcome and taken care of. Come have a chat with the team at Ray White Bunbury today to find out how you can make the most of this fantastic region.

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