Eastern Courier : January 16th 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 3 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 16, 2013 NEWS 5077536AA Farm Cove Intermediate School The school office will be open as follows: Term 1 2013 Second Hand Uniform Sales in Area 4 M1 as follows: Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 January 2013 from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm and Friday, 25 January 2012, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm. All students are to report to school for the first day of Term 1 2013 on Tuesday, 29 January by 8.30 am in full school uniform with their stationery packs which are available online through OfficeMax. All second hand, fully laundered uniforms in good condition can be brought to the school office on Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 8.30 am - 12.00 pm. Please label each item with name, address and telephone number. All new uniforms are available from John Russell Menswear, Moore Street, Howick. Thursday, 24 January 2013, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm. 220 Universal Dr, Henderson Ph: 836 0029 ALL HOURS 79 Line Road, Glen Innes Ph: 521 3100 Family owned and operated MORRISON FUNERAL DIRECTORS OFFICE, CHAPEL & RECEPTION LOUNGES 4515785AA in the Auckland Domain Saturday 19th January 10.30-3.30pm Come along & enjoy a day of Scottish Culture, Highland dancing Country Dancing, Ceilidh Dancing Music, Fiddling, Singing, Burns Recitations, Piping, Haggis Ceremony Proudly Sponsored by ASB Community Trust & Fletcher For further information please contact Dave Small 5765985 or Tom Shiels 4836832 5110061A A TRIBUTE TO NEW YEAR HONOURS RECIPIENTS Love for son led to award By SARAH ARGYLE Rising up: Wendy Duff was recognised in the New Year honours list as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to autism in New Zealand. Photo: SARAH ARGYLE ELLIOTT, 18, was adopted by Wendy and Mark Duff when he was 7 hours old. Mrs Duff says the couple were absolutely besotted''. We got him home and he was going through the nor- mal stages of growing. He was reaching miles- tones, he was doing pat-a- cake pat-a-cake, eating baby food and seemed to be follow- ing all the charts properly. But something switched in Elliott when he was 16 months old. Suddenly we had a child who wouldn't eat, wouldn't sleep, lost eye contact and was an empty shell. A paediatrician suggested Elliot might have autism. On Elliot's second birthday we flew to Brisbane to Dr Tony Attwood,'' she says. We returned to New Zea- land with a whole new life ahead of us.'' Finding out something was wrong with their son was painful''. Adopting Elliott was a time of huge joy. We were going to do everything we could to help him.'' After the diagnosis Mrs Duff went to the Auckland branch of Autism New Zea- land to learn everything she could about the disability. She was spurred to make a change in New Zealand not only for her son but also for other children like Elliott. I promptly joined the committee. In 2000 I joined the national board of Autism New Zealand and was presi- dent for seven years.'' Mrs Duff has fought hard to change the maximum age of respite care in New Zea- land from 17 to 21. She also set up a specialist classroom for autistic chil- dren at the Phoenix Centre at Pakuranga's Riverhills School. It was fully fenced and classrooms were made sensory-suitable with lowered roofs, no fluorescent lights and carpet on the floor. But I soon began to realise Elliott needed more help,'' she says. I put off looking at special schools because I had this vision in my head that chil- dren at special schools sat and rocked in the corner.'' Mrs Duff visited Som- merville Special School and realised how passionate the teachers were. At age 16 Elliott went into crisis''. He became violent and began to lash out at those around him. What frustrated me the most was I was the president of Autism New Zealand and I couldn't get the answers, I couldn't find the right people to help.'' Mrs Duff says Elliott is becoming more challenging with age. If he has a meltdown he tends to go for me. He knows he's bigger than me, stronger than me and he knows he scares me. There have been moments when I've thought this is too hard'.'' In 1999 Mrs Duff lost her father to liver cancer. The following year she was diag- nosed with it herself. Three years later she had a suc- cessful liver transplant. Mr Duff recently said to his wife: When is something good going to happen to us?'' Wendy Duff was recogn- ised in the New Year honours list as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with autism. This award is my reward.'' Helping out: Phillipa Avis Bishop has been recognised for her service to occupational therapy in the wider Auckland region with a Queen's Service Medal in the 2013 New Year honours. Photo: SARAH ARGYLE Therapist recognised for dedicated service By SARAH ARGYLE A wife and mother of three never expected her family would have a reason to curtsy or bow before her. But after being awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the 2013 New Year honours for her services to occupational therapy Phillipa Avis Bishop now has an excuse for the royal treatment. Mrs Bishop began working as an occupational therapist in 1972 but it was not the career she intended for herself. ''I started working at the Wilson Home for Crippled Children. I had a wonderful charge occupational therapist who encouraged me to pursue occupational therapy as a career,'' she says. Seventeen years ago Mrs Bishop began her own business T4C (Therapy for Children and Adults). The Bucklands Beach- based organisation provides therapy services for people who have sensory, motor, communication, learning and behavioural difficulties. ''The success of the T4C team has continued for 17 and a half years. I sold the business last year on December 3 to a team of three occupational thera- pists and I have every confidence T4C is going to go forward the way we established it.'' Mrs Bishop will continue working there. Although there has not been one stand-out career highlight she says working alongside the best people in the field and having families share their stories with her has been an ''incredible privilege''. ''I have the utmost respect for parents who care for children with severe disabilities. I have learnt an enormous amount from them. They have incredible strength and an amazing capacity to teach others if we are prepared to listen,'' she says. Mrs Bishop works with children and their families helping them establish everyday activities such as dressing, feeding and play in normal family life. ''Play and having fun are so important for children,'' she says. ''It's about finding the fun, celebrating small successes and building on these.'' Mrs Bishop was aware her name had been put forward for the New Year honours. ''It was such a long time ago so I completely forgot about it. At the time I thought there are a lot of other people in the community who have done a heck of a lot more than me,'' she says. ''Occupational therapists tend to be undervalued so me getting a Queen's Service Medal gives the profession a lot of cred- ibility and that feels good. ''And also it feels great with the family because I now tell them to bow or curtsy!''
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