Early Intervention and Wellbeing Hub
Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy and Parent Capacity Building
Our Early Intervention and Wellbeing Hub provides individual therapy and therapeutic groups for children aged up to 9, and parenting support, delivered by our speech pathologists and occupational therapists
Therapeutic Groups for Children Aged Up to 9 Years
Groups we will be running in 2024 include ‘Motor Magic’, to support children’s regulation through gross motor activities to help them to ‘tune in’ to their bodies and emotions, ‘Fun with Food’ for fussy eaters and ‘School Readiness’ for children starting school next year.
Our Operational Philosophy
A child and family-centred model of support and intervention
We believe in a child and family-centred model of support and intervention. We work in partnership with families to meet the goals they have for their children. While our offerings are based in evidence-based practice, we will always make sure we offer this in a way that is the most appropriate for each child and family and explain the reasons for our ways of working.
We are a trauma responsive practice and recognise the importance of working in trauma responsive ways with our staff, families and children. As much as possible we will work to offer a safe and affirming space for anyone who accesses us.
We work in a neuroaffirming way with children and their families, understanding that everyone has different ways of thinking, learning, processing and perceiving information. Our goals and strategies support children to develop and thrive whilst maintaining their strengths and individuality.
We work as a transdisciplinary and collaborative team with a focus on the best interests of the child and family. Our team’s approach is consistent, respectful, and intentional.
Programs and Services
Individual Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy for children aged up to 9 years
The Hub offers individual Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy for children aged up to 9 years. This therapy can be delivered in the child’s home, the community (for example at a park or playground, library, or the child’s childcare service or school) or onsite at The Infants’ Home.
Therapeutic Groups for children aged up to 9 years
The Hub delivers weekly Therapeutic Groups for children during each school term or during school holidays that focus on offering therapeutic support to children in a group setting while also supporting the development of their social skills. Each Therapeutic Group is facilitated by two Therapists from The Infants’ Home’s Allied Health team. They are a cost-effective way for families to access therapeutic support for their child.
Parent Capacity Building
The Hub delivers Parent Capacity Building programs in addition to our current parenting programs. These include webinars for parents on a range of topics related to supporting their child’s learning, development and wellbeing, as well as the delivery of bespoke parenting group programs based on identified community needs.
The Hub delivers fee-for-service programs aligned with the NDIS price guide. Clients can use their eligible NDIS/early intervention funding (plan and self-managed) and/or any Medicare or health insurance rebates they are eligible for toward these costs.
Helping preschool children
get ready for school
Delivered by two Allied Health Therapists from The Infants’ Home, it is designed to help children develop and practice foundational skills in preparation for school, with a focus on literacy and fine motor skills, and the development of social/emotional skills to promote self-regulation, social competency and relationship building.
These groups usually run later in the year to support preschool children starting school the following year
Fun with Food
Building the confidence of
children who are fussy eaters
Through this group, delivered by two Allied Health therapists from The Infants’ Home, children are introduced to a range of new foods, supported to build their confidence with food, and have opportunities to explore food through play, have fun and make new friends.
Motor Magic Group
For children challenged with
self-regulation or managing emotions
‘Motor Magic’ is delivered by two Allied Health therapists from The Infants’ Home. ‘Motor Magic’ supports children’s regulation through the use of gross motor activities and other experiences designed to help them to ‘tune in’ to their bodies and how they are feeling. Children are supported to develop a ‘toolbox’ of gross motor/regulation strategies, to develop cooperative small group skills, have fun and make new friends.