ReadingNot-for-profit therapy and education centre, Kids Are Kids! are thrilled to be announcing their new venture in 2016: the extension of services into the Great Southern region of WA. The not for profit organisation based in Bateman, Perth has branched out to the regional community in Mt Barker, 360km south of Perth. The move takes the service centres to a total of three – Bateman, Rockingham and Mt Barker.

Kids Are Kids! provides Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology to children aged 0-13 years who may have a disability or learning delay. “We have always had a passion for providing quality therapy to those who need it most, including families in rural and remote areas who are often faced with difficulties when accessing services”, said General Manager Teresa Barrie.

After years of supporting rural and remote families through various government tenders, we are now very pleased to have an opportunity to set up a permanent base for our services at the Mount Barker Community Resource Centre. “Many families in remote regions need to travel far which has implications on their work and other family demands, with us being able to connect with these families directly it takes the stress out of their lives both from a financial and time management perspective”, said Ms Barrie.

The team at Kids Are Kids! will begin to assist children and their families with speech and communication challenges. “Currently we are offering Speech Pathology services one day per week; however we are able to investigate support from our Perth-based professionals in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Clinical Psychology if requested. We also anticipate that the availability of Speech Pathology services will grow according to the needs within the community”, said Speech Pathologist Alisha Dufty.

Kids Are Kids! aim to assist families however possible to meet their therapy goals in a way that is affordable, including through the use of government funding. Better Start and Helping Children With Autism federal funding can be utilised and families may also be eligible for Medicare and Private Health rebates. Alternatively services can be accessed privately if the child is not eligible for funding.

To speak to a child health expert or learn more about Kids Are Kids! visit www.localhost or call 9313 6566.



















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