Access Your Supports Group Therapy Programs
The transition to formal schooling is a big step in every child’s life but with practice, you and your child will have the tools to start the journey with confidence.
The program provides a small group environment to practice key foundation abilities and activities most common at school, including – writing and drawing, playing ball games, making new friends, looking after your belongings, listening to others and problem solving when learning becomes tricky.
The group runs each term for children 3 to 6 years
The program will also include snack, gross motor, songs and a whole lot of fun!
Group sizes are limited to ensure that each child receives the individual focus of our experienced therapists. Your child will also undergo a brief screening assessment to determine current skill levels ensuring they will be matched with children of a similar skill level. At the end of the program parents /carers will receive an individualised report on their child’s strengths/areas of challenge, and practical strategies for home and School.
Sessions run for 2 hours each week for 8 weeks.
Enrolments are now open and places are limited so book a place today and Let’s Get Ready for School!
Food Explorers is a Group Therapy program designed for preschool children to encourage them to take a play-based approach to eating.
We increase a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. Encouraging interactions with food in a non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of them; then moving on to touching, kissing, tasting and eating foods.
Using the Build Me “Emotions” by Lego this interactive program invites children to explore emotions and physical characteristics in a fun and engaging way. As children work together on a range of character building experiences they develop social skills, such as, recognising and understanding emotions, expressing personal preferences, and resolving conflicts in a constructive way.
Learn to Play with Parents
The learn to Play with Parents is a play skills developmental program created by Occupational Therapist Karen Stagnitti
Pretend play is an important developmental step for children and assists with problem solving, flexible thinking, and logical sequences in their thoughts. When children learn how to play, they begin to understand that play of their peers, and better understand their emotions.
What is involved in each session?
Learn to Play with Parents (LPP) is a facilitated group parent training program that helps parents learn active ways to guide their children to increase there spontaneous pretend play skills with the direct assistance of therapists, each session includes 1:1 time with the facilitator, group activities and morning tea share time.
Fine Motor Bootcamp
With the recent increase of electronics use and a decrease in hands on play, children have less opportunity to develop their fine motor skills. Fine Motor Bootcamp uses a rotation of fine motor sports and craft activities in a group environment. The group introduces fun activities that will be delivered to your door each week. Fine Motor Bootcamps are available for children aged 4-6. More information can be found on the Fine Motor Bootcamp website.
The WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence (DEI) Programme is an engaging art based group therapy designed to assist children to develop their ability to identify and respond to emotions across different environments. The program runs for 8 weeks using art combined with exciting characters for each different emotion. The program also provides strategies for families and carers to assist in supporting their child’s emotional development at home. For ages 5-7 and 8-10. More information can be found on the WorryWoos™ website.
The Westmead Feelings Program
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has developed a 15-month intervention program (5 weeks per term for 3 terms plus a 6 month follow up session) teaching children with autism spectrum disorder about emotional understanding and social awareness. Not just clinic-based, the Westmead Feelings Program develops parents’ and teachers’ emotion coaching skills, supporting children to understand emotions, solve problems and ultimately manage their feelings in everyday settings. Programs are available for multiple age and ability levels from 5 to 12 years. More information can be found on the Westmead Feelings Program website in the link below.
Secret Agent Society (SAS)
SAS is a renowned evidence based program that supports children to develop their social skills including the development and maintenance of friendships, conversations, problem-solving and bullying prevention.
AYS is a registered provider of SAS
The program also supports children to learn how to recognise and regulate a range of emotions through a ‘secret agent’ online game and weekly parent training. The structured curriculum and captivating theme make this program one of the most successful of its kind in the world! For ages 8-12. More information about SAS can be found on the SAS website.
What is the Secret Agent Society?
The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Computer Game Pack and Small Group Program help kids 8 to 12 years of age crack the code of emotions and friendships. Junior Detectives graduate from SAS equipped with the skills to feel happier, calmer and braver while making new friends and keeping them.
SAS features an animated ‘secret agent’ computer game, Helpful Thought Zapper action game,
Challenger Board Game, Secret Message Transmission Device game and many more award-winning resources. The evidence-based, structured curriculum and captivating theme make this program one of the most successful of its kind in the world.
The program was create by Australian clinical psychologist, Dr Renae Beaumont, and is regarded as one of the most successful program of its kind in the world. The entire simulation has been designed to captivate kids while they learn new social-emotional skills in a fun way
What is involved in each session?
SAS also supports children to learn how to recognise and regulate a range of emotions through a ‘secret agent’ computer game, Helpful Thought Missile action game, Challenger board game, Secret Message Transmission Device game and many more award-winning resources. The evidence- base, structured curriculum and captivating theme make this program one of the most successful of its kind in the world!
What are the outcomes?
- Recognise emotions in themselves & others.
- Express their feelings in appropriate ways.
- Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.
Friendships & Communication
- Understanding levels of friendship.
- Communicate and play with others.
- Cope with team work, games & ‘losing’.
- Build and maintain friendships.
- Cope with mistakes, transitions & more.
- Solve social problems
- Detect the difference between accidents,
jokes and nasty deeds.
- Detect and understanding bullying.
- Prevent and manage bullying & teasing.
- Acknowledging personal strengths & goals
What is the cost?
The Secret Agent Society includes 10 two hour weekly group therapy sessions plus pre and post-program preparation, feedback and support. (26 hrs total) 10 .5 hour parent training sessions (6 hrs total) Assistive Technology program kit $280, 1:1 intake, assessment and reporting with facilitating therapist, including an NDIS Therapy Report (4 hrs total) Charged at the NDIS recommended Group Therapy and 1:1 Therapy rates: (NDIS
recommended rate is subject to change)
The LEGO® Club
By using a child’s love of playing with Lego®, children (ages 8 to 10) work on developing their turn-taking, sharing, listening, conversation, teamwork, shared attention and problem-solving skills to work with each other to help complete a task. Raising children’s network has some fantastic information about Lego® therapy which can be found here:
Super Food Science
Super Food Science aims to help children explore different foods so that they can expand their food repertoire without distress. This dietitian led program helps children to have positive experiences with food and to decrease their resistance to touching, tasting and swallowing foods, Super Food Science will help to build confidence in progressing up the steps to eating, following the child’s lead and level. Superfood Science is play with a purpose. Ages 7-9 and 10-12.
Physical Development Program
Participants will: Increase amount of time spent performing physical activity. Learn exercise interventions to improve health and wellbeing. Increase social interactions and friendships by spending time with others. Increase coordination and gross motor skills. Learn new health habits. Enhance self-confidence and leadership qualities.
The AYS Physical Development Program is a Peer Mentor based program in an all-inclusive environment where participants have the opportunity to learn and develop their physical skills, exercise competency, knowledge of sport in a small group environment that is fun-orientated with a focus group on group cohesiveness.
With more than 5 years combined experience working with people with disabilities, and a passion for health and exercise, Callum and Jacob are confidence they can make a real difference by giving participants an opportunity to be involved in a judgement free sport setting where they can have fun and interact with others with similar interest.
PEERS® is an evidence-based social skills program for motivated teenagers (13-18) and young adults (18-38) who are interested in learning skills to make friends and maintain relationships as well as navigate common social challenges. This internationally acclaimed program addresses a wide variety of social topics, including: using conversational skills, finding common interests, use of humour, appropriate friendships, social gatherings, handling disagreements, and coping with rejection. See the PEERS® website for more information.
Skills 4 Life
Skills 4 Life is a therapy program for teens and young adults who are motivated to increase their independent living skills. Throughout the program participants develop essential skills for independent daily living.