Early years therapy

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

 

Services

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.

 

Specific skills

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.