Group Programs

Early Intervention

Child and Youth Groups

Play to Grow

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 2-5
Suitable for: Children with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities
Facilitated by: Occupational Therapist and/or Speech Pathologist
When: This program is run during each school term
Length of sessions: 1.5 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 8

Children attend sessions with their parents. 

About the group

Play to Grow will provide fun and meaningful opportunities for communication between the child and their caregivers as well as information about how to further support communication in everyday life.

The sessions are set up similarly to a community playgroup with the aims of supporting children’s development and wellbeing as well as providing parents with social opportunities and parenting support. The sessions are planned and facilitated by experienced therapists who are able to tailor the activities to meet the specific needs of each client and their family.

This program has been designed in response to frequent feedback from parents about a lack of comfort attending mainstream playgroups and group activities with their children.

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Tiny Tots

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 0-2
Suitable for:
 Deaf or hard of hearing children working towards an oral language outcome
Facilitated by: Listening and Spoken Language Specialist
When: This program is run during each school term.
Length of sessions: 1.25 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 10

Children attend sessions with their parents.

About the group

Tiny Tots group sessions allow time for parents to connect and have a cup of tea while baby plays with a range of developmentally appropriate toys. The group also gather for music time with the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist who will guide families through a range of songs and rhymes. Families are provided with song and rhymes sheets to help them learn the words at home.

These sessions provide a safe environment for parents to connect with other parents of babies and young children recently diagnosed with a hearing loss.

Singing and music have many benefits for all children, but for babies, with hearing loss, the benefits are even greater. Song and rhyme help a baby’s brain make important connections for future learning. They form the foundations for language, literacy and mathematical learning.

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Stay and Play

Noarlunga

Age group: 0-2
Suitable for: Children with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities
Facilitated by: Speech Pathologist
When: This program is run during each school term
Length of sessions: 1 hour
Group numbers: Maximum of 10

Children attend sessions with their parents. 

About the group

Stay and Play allows time for parents to connect and have a cup of tea while baby plays with a range of developmentally appropriate toys. The group also gathers for music time with the Speech Pathologist who guides the families through a range of songs and rhymes. Families are provided with song and rhymes sheets to help them learn the words at home.

These sessions provide a safe environment for parents to connect with other parents of babies and young children recently diagnosed with a disability

Singing and music have many benefits for all children.  Song and rhyme help a baby’s brain make important connections for future learning. They form the foundations for language, literacy and mathematical learning.

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Music Matters

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 2-5
Suitable for: Children with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities working towards an oral language outcome
Facilitated by: Listening and Spoken Language Specialist or Speech Pathologist
When: This program is run during each school term
Length of sessions: 1 hour
Group numbers: Maximum of 10

Children attend sessions with their parents.

About the group

Music Matters is structured around routine and repetition, which allows children to feel confident in their skills and predict each song pattern and style. The group generally begins with a ‘hello song’ to indicate the start of the group and a ‘bubbles song’ to indicate the end. New songs are generally repeated weekly until the child is familiar and confident to participate with the actions, instruments and props independently.

The program provides children with hearing loss and their parents or caregivers with a holistic, safe, inclusive and language-rich learning environment.  The program allows parents to connect with each other as well as providing children with the opportunity to interact with other children with hearing loss.

There is a particular focus on promoting children’s listening, speech and language and social development.

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Sound Hounds

Noarlunga or Telehealth

Age group: Year prior to school entry
Suitable for: Any child with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities 1 year prior to starting school
Facilitated by: Listening and Spoken Language Specialist or Speech Pathologist
When: This program is run during terms 1 and 2
Length of sessions: 1 hour
Group numbers: Maximum of 8 virtually or 6 face to face

Children attend sessions with their parents.

About the group

When we think of reading we often think it is a visual event.  Learning to read is actually an auditory skill and children need to develop a strong foundation of phonological awareness (the awareness of sounds in words) before they can begin learning to read.

The Sound Hounds program will provide a supportive small group environment for children to be introduced to several key phonological awareness skills alongside their parents/caregivers as well as opportunities for parents/caregivers to learn how to best incorporate the skills into their daily lives in order to allow for further practice and consolidation.

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Talking Buddies

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 2-5
Suitable for: Deaf or hard of hearing children working towards an oral language outcome
Facilitated by: Listening and Spoken Language Specialist or Speech Pathologist
When: This program is run during each school term
Length of sessions: 2 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 10

Children attend with their parents.

About the group

The program sessions are divided into two parts. The first hour of Talking Buddies provides children with a range of play activities that they can explore at their own pace. The activities promote social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language development. Children can engage in painting, construction, play-dough, cooking, reading, song and rhyme, imaginative play, puzzles, water play and other learning mediums.

The second half of each session brings the children together in a small group for a shared story around the theme of the week. This shared reading experience incorporates songs and rhymes and encourages children to listen and attend in a small group setting. The children then participate in more hands-on activities with their parents to bring the book to life. Each child is given a copy of the week’s book so that they can take the book home and share it with their caregivers, reading it repeatedly.

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Bright Start

North Adelaide

Age group: Year prior to school entry (follows on for sound hounds)
Suitable for: Deaf or hard of hearing children
Facilitated by: Teacher of the Deaf
When: This program is run during terms 3 and 4
Length of sessions: 3 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 10

Children attend sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

The transition from pre-school to school can be a challenging time for all children and families. For children with hearing loss the early years of school present children with new challenges — academic, personal, social and auditory. Attending Bright Start will support children to start school with confidence can help set the foundations for future school learning.

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Hanen – It Takes Two To talk

Noarlunga
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Age group: 18 months – 4
Suitable for: Children who have been identified as having a language delay
Facilitated by: Hanen Trained Speech Therapist
When: TBC

About the group

The group program consists of 8 training sessions for parents in small groups (children not present). 3 individual home visits where the therapist will video the parents engaging with their child then provide immediate video feedback. In these video feedback sessions, the therapist’s role is to provide guidance and feedback to help the parents effectively apply the strategies so that they facilitate their child’s achievement of communication goals.

The It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT) Program is designed for parents and children who are 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. The strategies parents learn in ITTT focus on increasing parents’ responsiveness so that they can engage their child in pleasurable extended interaction during everyday activities and routines.

Parents will learn to provide fine-tuned language input that fosters expressive and receptive language development. Once the child’s goals have been set collaboratively with the Hanen Speech Pathologist, the program focuses on helping parents learn to apply the specific responsive interaction strategies that will support the child’s achievement of communication goals.

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Junior Champs

North Adelaide

Age group: 5-8
Suitable for: Deaf or hard of hearing children
Facilitated by: Developmental Educator
When: Saturdays from 10am to 12pm and one weekday 9am to 3pm during school holidays
Length of sessions: 4 block of 10 hours (2 x 2 hour sessions and 1 x 6 hour session) = 40 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

Children attend this group independently of their parent or caregiver.
The Junior CHAMPS program (Children with Hearing Loss Activity and Mentor Peer Support) creates a safe, inclusive and positive learning environment, empowering young people to improve their interactions and their social networks. Exciting and challenging events are chosen to provide opportunities to develop a range of social and life skills.

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WHISPA

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 13 to 18
Suitable for: Deaf or hard of hearing young people
Facilitated by: Developmental Educator
When: Various times, two Saturday events and one-weekday event during school holidays
Length of sessions: 4 block of 10 hours = 40 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

WHISPA (Web of Hearing Impaired Student Peer Alliance) is a peer mentoring and support group for students aged 13 and above who are hearing impaired and communicate orally. WHISPA events include workshops, recreational and social activities. The program is designed to empower young people with hearing needs at a time when they are transitioning into high school and adolescence.

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Kids Club

Noarlunga

Age group: 5-8
Suitable for: Children with a goal to develop social skills
Facilitated by: Developmental Educator
When: Saturdays from 10am to 12pm and one weekday 9am to 3pm during school holidays
Length of sessions: 4 block of 10 hours (2 x 2 hour sessions and 1 x 6 hour session) = 40 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

The Kids Club group program aims to provide children with the opportunity to connect with peers with different disabilities and learn skills to form friendships at school and in their community.

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Junior Youth Club

Noarlunga

Age group: 8-13
Suitable for: Young people with a goal to develop social skills
Facilitated by: Developmental Educator
When: Saturdays 1pm to 3pm and one weekday 9am to 3pm during school holidays
Length of sessions: 4 block of 10 hours (2 x 2 hour sessions and 1 x 6 hour session) = 40 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

The Jr Youth Club creates a safe, inclusive and positive learning environment, empowering young people to improve their interactions and their social networks. Exciting and challenging events are chosen to provide opportunities to develop a range of social and life skills.

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Youth Club

North Adelaide or Noarlunga

Age group: 13-18
Suitable for: Young people with a goal to develop social skills
Facilitated by: Family Support Worker
When: Monthly events
Length of sessions: 2 hours+
Group numbers: Maximum of  15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

Youth Group events include workshops, recreational and social activities. The program is designed to empower young people with a disability at a time when they are transitioning into high school and adolescence.

Through participation in the events, they will have opportunities to develop their:

• social connection
• self-identity,
• communication skills,
• self-confidence,
• advocacy skills,
• social skills and building relationships with others
• making and keeping friends
• problem solving skills,
• resilience,
• life skills,
• teamwork and
• independence

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Move-It!

Noarlunga

Age group: 7-12 or 13-18
Suitable for: Children or youth with sensory needs
Facilitated by: Allied health therapist/assistant
When: School holidays and school terms
Length of sessions: 1 hour
Group numbers: 4-10

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

Physical activities are well-known to provide benefits to the growth, health and well-being of children. Physical activities in childhood provide opportunities for building muscle strength and activity is also known to promote the development of interpersonal skills, self-confidence and self-efficacy.

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Let’s Cook!

Noarlunga

Age groups: 8- 13 or 13+
Suitable for: Children and youth with sensory needs
Facilitated by: Occupational Therapist/Developmental Educator/Allied health therapy assistant
When: School holidays or weekends
Length of sessions: 8-13 years (2 hour sessions) 13+ (three-hour sessions)
Group numbers: Maximum of 8

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents and will be involved in preparing, sharing a meal and with the other group members and cleaning their space.

About the group

This group supports the development of independent living skills. Preparing your own food is a key component of the transition to adulthood. During this transition period, youth, especially those with sensory needs, experience many challenges related to housing, independence and daily living.

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Yoga

 Noarlunga

Age group: 8-13 or 13+
Suitable for: Children with low vision or those who are blind
Facilitated by: Allied health therapist/yoga instructor
When: This program could run in blocks of eight at any time throughout the year
Length of sessions: 1 hour
Group numbers: Maximum of 8

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

There are a number of barriers to exercise for people have low vision or are blind such as inaccessibility (no braille, no accessible instructions, the non-standardised layout of venues), difficulty transiting to a venue, less incidental physical activity and inability to keep up in mainstream sports teams that require a high level of visual skill.

Yoga has many benefits for a person’s physical and mental wellbeing and once a person has developed some skill and understanding of the practice it is something that can be done at home on a regular basis. Attending a mainstream yoga class would be challenging for a child who has low vision as instructions are both verbal and visual. This group is facilitated by a yoga instructor who has experience providing instruction and support to people who have a vision impairment.

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Blockheads

Noarlunga

Age group: 6-11 or 12-16
Suitable for: Children with ASD and/or communication or social difficulties
Facilitated by: Allied health therapist/assistant
When: 1 hr session during the school term.
Length of sessions: 1 hour = 15 hours total
Group numbers: Maximum of 6

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents. Participants work in small groups during the sessions.

About the group 

Using Lego, our therapists will teach children a range of skills, including turn-taking, sharing, listening, conversation, teamwork, shared attention and problem-solving.

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Digital Gaming

Noarlunga

Age group: 5-8 or 8-13
Facilitated by: Allied health therapist/assistant
Length of sessions: 3 hours weekdays (school holidays)
Group numbers: Maximum of 5

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

Providing leadership opportunities for young people to share their interests, skills and knowledge of technology with others.

• Provide activities where language is not a barrier to enable more engagement for clients who have a diagnosis of ASD or are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Provide social opportunities for children and young people
• Provide an age-appropriate and engaging environment that encourages clients to develop their social, co-operative and communication skills

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STEM

Noarlunga

Age group: 8-12 or 13-18
Facilitated by: Allied health therapist/assistant
When: School holidays or term block
Length of sessions: Holiday program, 6-hour session mid-week. Term program, 2 hours per session for term block 4pm – 6pm
Group numbers: Maximum of 6

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

To assist clients to access STEM resources and learning experiences in a supportive environment. Children with sensory needs may miss out on inclusive STEM experiences at school due to lack of appropriate supports, or modified resources and modes of access (for example, Braille Lego Instructions).

• Provide experiences to clients that may be difficult to access without the support offered by allied health therapists
• Provide access to accessible resources and technology for clients to participate in sessions/blocks focusing on high-interest topics
• Provide the opportunity for social connections with peers also accessing our services
• Provide ‘real world’ practice for clients to use their assistive tech/supportive devices for purposes that are meaningful to them (eg Braille note, magnifiers, CCTV, Rogers)
• Provide an age-appropriate and engaging environment that encourages clients to develop their social, co-operative and communication skills

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CHAMPS

North Adelaide

Age group: 8-13
Suitable for: Deaf or hard of hearing children
Facilitated by: Developmental Educator
When: Saturdays 1pm to 3pm and one weekday 9am to 3pm during school holidays
Length of sessions: 4 block of 10 hours (2 x 2 hour sessions and 1 x 6 hour session) = 40 hours
Group numbers: Maximum of 15

Participants attend the sessions independently from their parents.

About the group

The CHAMPS program (Children with Hearing Loss Activity and Mentor Peer Support) creates a safe, inclusive and positive learning environment, empowering young people to improve their interactions and their social networks. Exciting and challenging events are chosen to provide opportunities to develop a range of social and life skills.

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Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

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Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Early Intervention

Group program enquiry form for Early Intervention programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

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Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs

Group Program Enquiries - Child and Youth Groups

Group program enquiry form for Child and Youth Group programs