Access Your Supports Group Therapy Programs
Let’s Get Ready for School Program
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 program runs in term 4 for children starting prep in the following year.
The group will also include snack and lunch time, recess, 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 3 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!
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. 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.
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.
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.
The LEGO® Club
By using a child’s love of playing with Lego®, children (ages 5-7 and 8-10) 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: Lego® therapy for autism spectrum disorder
Fine Motor Bootcamp
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.
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.
Using a play based approach to feeding, we increase a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The dietitian led program allows a child to interact 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. Ages 4-6 yrs
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.