Early years (0 – 5 years)
Is your child aged between 0 and 5 years old? Relax. You’ve come to the right place. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your goals, then develop a plan and assemble a team to work in partnership with you to support your child’s development.
Meet your team
Depending on the needs of your child, your team will be made up of:
- Occupational therapists.
- Speech pathologists.
- Social workers.
- Clinical psychologists.
- Deafblind consultants.
- Therapy assistants.
- Other supports as required.
Your team can help you and your child in any number of ways including:
- Communication – to enable your child to communicate what they want and to help them to understand others better.
- Specific skill development – for example; walking, using hands for play, etc.
- Eating and drinking safely.
- Hydrotherapy and playgroup.
- Equipment – anything that your child needs to be safe at home or in the community (including while they are at school).
- Safe use of equipment – enabling your child and others who support them to use their equipment safely.
- Using technology.
- Participation – encouraging and enabling your child to participate in community activities, such as playgroup.
- Exploring other sources of funding.
In addition to our extensive knowledge and experience in supporting the developing of children with disability, some specific skills we have within our team include:
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding – a trans-disciplinary program for children with feeding difficulties, based on the ‘normal’ developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding.
- Bobath – a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment, working towards achieving optimal movement patterns with the ultimate goal of maximising a person’s function.
- Baby Bobath – specific strategies for babies under two years of age.
- Hanen – parents learn practical and powerful strategies to communicate and interact with their child during everyday routins and activities.
- Triple P Stepping Stones – positive parenting strategies to help families with special needs.
- Prescription of specialised equipment – customised equipment to meet the needs of your child and your family.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – this includes high tech such as speech generating devices and low tech such as Key Word Signing and communication books.
What do our services look like?
- We can visit you and your child at your home, day care, school or out in the community.
- We visit at a time convenient to you.
- We support you to use strategies to help your child’s learning within everyday tasks.
- We run a range of groups, for example hydrotherapy and playgroup.
- We work with other professionals involved in your child’s life.
How do I access disability services for my child?
Access to our Early years services can be through:
- WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) funding.
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding.
- Disability Services Commission (DSC) funding.
- Paying a fee for the service.
- Better Start funding, click here to find out more.
- Helping Children with Autism, click here to find out more.