Our group programs provide children with the opportunity to learn important independence and participation life skills.
Kids Are Kids! group programs have been developed by a team of specialist therapists and are designed to support social, emotional, intellectual and physical development in children. All group programs are run by qualified therapists in small groups for each child to receive individual support. Group programs are run on demand and parents can register their interest at any time.
The ActiveAte Group Program is designed for children and youths with Autism who would benefit from additional opportunities to increase physical activity and explore food choices in a fun and supportive group environment. After much research, our team of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Clinical Psychologists (and with collaboration from a Dietician) have together developed this ground-breaking group program. The 8 week group program only costs $250.00 thanks to funding from the Helen Leech Endowment through Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Program. Other funding and rebates may also apply. Register now for the first group beginning in February 2019. Download the information flyer here.
The Articulation Group Program is planned and hosted by our Senior Speech Pathologists; each program focuses on a specific sound. Children will learn how to correctly produce the sound, and practice this new skill in different games and activities. Parents will be provided with resources and support in order to carryover this new skill to the home environment.
Circle of Security Parenting™: 8 Week Parenting Program
We are proud to be able to offer this very important program to parents needing support with their child or children; to build on their relationship.
Circle of Security Parenting™ is a relationship based parenting program based on decades of attachment research. The eight week course will cover understanding your child’s needs, how to help your child organise their feelings, how to help your child feel secure in their relationships, how to help your child to engage more in play and learning, how to meet your child’s emotional needs through tough times (challenging behaviours, tantrums, attention seeking, being clingy), how to manage your thoughts and feelings.
The program is made possible by funding from the 2016 Kids Are Kids! Gala Dinner.
Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk
The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalised group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.
Hanen: More Than Words
The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
Hydrotherapy: Divers and Gliders
Divers and Gliders is designed for children aged 4-6 years who would benefit from therapy in the water. The group provides the opportunity for children to practice strength and coordination, group participation, water safety skills and early swimming skills all while having fun with singing and movement in a safe environment.
Hydrotherapy: Little Swimmers and Grinners
Little Swimmers and Grinners is designed for children aged 2-4 years who would benefit from therapy in the water. The group provides the opportunity for children to practice strength and coordination, group participation and early water safety skills all while having fun with singing and movement in a safe environment.
Course: 45 minute sessions, twice per week for 3 weeks. Schedule may vary depending on time of term the program is held.
Little Movers and Groovers
Kids Are Kids! have developed a newly tailored program for 3 -4 year old children. The program has been developed to assist young children to develop their skills outside of the home environment with a team of experienced, dedicated therapists.
- Numerous sessions in small, personalised groups
- Qualified therapists leading the program
- Fine motor skill development
- Gross motor skill development
- Socialisation in a fun, interactive environment
Who is this for: children aged 3-4 yrs who would benefit from additional opportunities to learn and explore movement, social and fine motor skills in preparation for kindy, in a supportive group environment.
Little Thinkers and Tinkers
Enjoy a range of activities with your child in our outdoor area, protected from the weather, including crafts, messy play great for the senses, group games and movement and dance.
Who is this for: children aged 3-4 years who would benefit from additional opportunities to socialise, explore and learn through various types of activities and play, in a supportive group environment.
A group program created for children to socialise with others and develop turn-taking skills whilst getting messy and having fun. A great program for sensory stimulation through touch and feel and cause and effect activities. Messy Play is one of our most popular group programs for the little ones.
Social Eyes is a social skills program with a focus on peers relationships/making friends, communication, turn-taking/sharing, listening skills, assertiveness, protective behaviours, problem solving and expressing feelings. Social Eyes is run in small groups in Little (age 4-6 years), Junior (age 5-8 years) and Senior (8-12yrs) age groups with a focus on age appropriate skills for each group.
Register now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for the next group running in January 2019. Download the information flyer here.
SOS Feeding: Little Munchers and Crunchers
The SOS approach explores a wide cross section of support disciplines. Feeding is the most complex of human physical tasks and it is critical that all the possible problem areas be examined when working with children who won’t eat. The program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviours.
“Some children are very adventuresome in trying new foods; others are not. Children “check out” new foods in different ways. More cautious children may first watch us eating the foods, may pick it up and drop it on the floor or feed the dog. They may squish it between their fingers or put it in their mouth and spit it out. To get to a personal comfort level with new flavors and textures, children follow their own individualized exploration techniques. They are much more willing to try new things if they are allowed to explore at their own pace”…For interesting reading download the article by Marsha Dunn Klein ‘Everything is a Grasshopper’.
Register now by emailing email@example.com for the next group running in February 2019. Download the information flyer here.
The Super Spellers Group Program is designed for children in Pre-Primary to Year 2 who would benefit from additional opportunities to develop pre-literacy skills. The program will help your child with syllabification, rhyming – identification and generation, sound identification, blending sounds together to make simple words and manipulating sounds in words to create new words.
The First Touch: Infant Massage
The ‘First Touch’ Infant Massage Group Program is the nationally accredited gold standard infant massage course in Australia.
The First Touch Infant Massage Group Program provides many positive outcomes for both the baby and the parent or carer. including a natural release of hormones for the adult during massage which can help with relaxation, promotes bonding, improves understanding of reading baby’s cues, discovering your baby’s uniqueness and increasing your confidence in self and parenting skills.