Early Childhood Disability Therapy

CHILDREN AGED 0 to 5 YEARS

If your child is aged between 0 and 5 you’ve come to the right place. The Senses Australia team is here to work in partnership with you and your child, aged 0 to 8 years, to support their development.

GOAL SETTING

The Senses Australia team will meet with you to talk about your goals for your child; what you would like them to be able to do and what support you would like. Together, we will then plan how we can support your child to achieve these goals 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 dedicated team will be made up of:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Deafblind consultants
  • Therapy assistants
  • Other supports as required

OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD DISABILITY SERVICES

We can help you and your child in a number of ways including:

  • Communication – to enable your child to communicate what they want 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 – 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 to use their equipment safely and helping others who support them to use it safely.
  • Using technology.
  • Participation – encouraging and enabling your child to participate in community activities, for example playgroup.
  • Exploring other sources of funding.

SPECIFIC SKILLS

In addition to extensive knowledge and experience of supporting the development 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 routines and activities.
  • Triple P Stepping Stones – positive parenting strategies to help families with special needs.
    Home modifications.
  • 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 EARLY CHILDHOOD THERAPY SERVICES LOOK LIKE?

  • We can visit you at your home, daycare, school, out in the community or a place of recreation.
  • We can visit you at times that work for you and/or others who support you.
  • We can 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 can work with other professionals involved in your child’s life.

HOW DO I ACCESS DISABILITY SERVICES FOR MY CHILD?

Access to our Early Childhood Disability Services can be through:

  • The WA National Disability Insurance Scheme and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding
  • Disability Services Commission (DSC) funding
  • Paying a fee for the service
  • Medicare rebate for Allied Health Services through referral from your GP
  • Better Start funding

If you are eligible for services from the Department of Communities (formerly known as the Disability Services Commission) and NOT in a NDIS area, then you may receive services from our block funded services.  Click here to download the referral form.  If you have any queries, please contact us on 1300 111 881.

WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION?

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