healthAbility is attending the My Special Child conference on 25 and 26 August at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre, with our Neuropsychologist Michelle Hervatin on hand to talk all things early childhood intervention.

The conference will feature 12 presentations over two days plus a fantastic range of exhibitors and expert speakers providing information and strategies on a range of topics, from anxiety to behaviour and education to sensory challenges.

As specialists in early intervention our experienced team offer support services for children ages 0 – 6 years in line with their NDIS plan. Our programs and supports can be delivered at healthAbility or in your home. Our therapists help children thrive and reach their physical, social, language and cognitive targets. We coordinate services and collaborate with families and their child’s school, kindergarten or childcare centre to meet their individual aspirations.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists provide assessment and intervention for age-appropriate self-care tasks and skills for everyday functioning at school, home and in the community, including:
• Fine motor skills e.g. cutting, drawing
• Gross motor skills e.g. “whole body” movements, jumping, balance, kicking a ball
• Self-care e.g. dressing, eating
• Play skills
• Organisation and motor planning skills
• School skills e.g. handwriting, concentrating, mixing with other children or sensory processing skills
• Home modifications and equipment. We are registered with the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP). SWEP provides a subsidy towards the cost of equipment and/or modifications to improve independence at home and within the community.

Speech Pathology

Our Speech Pathologists will support you and those close to you to improve communication skills including:
• Accessing and utilising alternative communication systems
• Language
• Voice
• Speech
• Fluency
• Eating/feeding
We utilise the Hanen approach to help young children develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills. This includes children with or at risk of language delays and those with developmental challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Speech Pathologists provide Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’, ‘More than Words’ and ‘Target Word’ programs, to help parents support their child to communicate and connect with the world.

Social Skills Program

Children take part in a fun and interactive program that helps develop their skills for social interactions, including:
• Thoughts and feelings – thinking thoughts and feeling feelings
• Being part of the group – the group plan
• How using our eyes helps to understand other people’s thoughts – thinking with your eyes
• Sharing space with others – body in the group
• How to show you are listening – whole body listening
Our program includes ongoing social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from pre-school to early teens.

School Readiness Program

Starting at ‘big school’ can be a little daunting for both children and their parents. Our Early Intervention team will equip you for a smooth transition to the first year of school.
We will help your child develop language and pre-literacy skills, understand physical wellbeing, motor coordination, concentration, emotional adjustment and independence.
Our School Readiness program includes such activities as name writing, number and math’s games, reading and phonic awareness games, story sequencing activities, fine-motor activities, scissor skills, turn-taking games and many more.

Feeding Therapy

The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding therapy is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviours in a variety of settings. The SOS approach focuses on increasing your child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows your child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

Combined Therapy Program

Our therapists offer a range of combined and coordinated therapies and services to best support you and your child, including:
• Family Support worker/family assistance and guidance, including parenting seminars and individual consultations.
• Multidisciplinary assessments and intervention.

You do not need a referral to access our early intervention services and supports.
healthAbility also offers a comprehensive range of services for children including dental, diet and nutrition advice, counselling/psychology, podiatry and neuropsychology*.
* Government funded service for eligible clients only.

healthAbility is an approved service provider under Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), Medicare and NDIS. We also offer privately funded programs.

For more information please contact healthAbility on 9430 9100.