From Play to Plans: Consultants and Parents Collaborate on Family Goals

For the Sadat family, immigrants from Afghanistan, their time in Canada has been filled with a series of blessings and challenges. The Sadats and their three children, ages 2 to 15 years old, have lived in New Westminster for five years.

Neda, their youngest child, has Mucolipidosis Type ll, a rare genetic disorder. Shortly after Neda was born, the Sadats reached out to Kinsight for support and began working with Infant Development Program (IDP), including IDP Consultant Callie Zerr.

Callie visits the family in their home about once a month, where she often joins in on playtime and other daily activities. By engaging with the family, she is able to better understand their unique requirements and support them in their goals for Neda and the rest of the family.

The program has been great assistance to our family, Mariam Sadat says. 

Callie has helped the Sadats identify and connect with community resources, services and supports, including health care professionals.  

“It’s rewarding to work with the Sadats and to help them access the information and supports they need,” Callie explains.  “No two families are the same, and our aim is to collaborate with each family to identify unique strategies and resources to support child development.”

IDP consultants also provide referrals to families who continue to require support as their child moves from infant to toddler.

“I hope other families know they are not alone, and that organizations like ours are here to help,” Callie adds.