Your Child & Communication
A Speech Pathologist can assess and provide ideas to help you with communicating with your child. There are a variety of forms of communication that the Speech Pathologist can support your child to learn including spoken language, speech sounds, signing, and AAC. The ability to understand language is also very important. The Speech Pathologist will help you to work towards your chosen communication goals.
Your Child & Learning Through Play
All children learn through play. Play help children develop movement skills, communication skills, thinking skills and self esteem. They also develop important social skills while playing with friends and family. All our clinicians use play to assist with the learning of all of these skills.
Your Child & Movement
Some children have difficulty developing movement skills such as rolling, sitting, walking and running. Children also need to develop core muscles to be able to sit at a table and develop hand skills such as clapping, pointing, cutting and drawing. Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists can help provide you with idea to encourage these skills.
Your Child & School
We are here to help your child learn the skills needed to be successful at school. Our Speech Pathologists can help with their language skills, following instructions, and reading and writing. Our Occupational Therapists can help with transitioning in the classroom, handwriting and emotional regulation. Our literacy specialists can also help with specialised tutoring to improve their literacy skills. Our Psychologists can also help with any anxiety disorders or other mental health difficulties.
Your Child & Mealtimes
Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Dietitians may all work with you to assist with these skills. Speech Pathologists look at how your child swallows and chews. Occupational Therapists help with your child’s sensitivity to taste and textures, as well as specific equipment that could help. A Physiotherapist will help make sure your child’s posture and positioning is correct. The Dietitian will help ensure your child is getting all the right nutrients to grow and develop.
Your Child & Toileting
Our Continence Physiotherapists can help assist you and your child with toilet training, developing independence in toileting, persistent bedwetting or soiling or with any other issues related to poo and wee!
Your Child & Friends
It is important for children to maintain a strong relationship with their parents, teachers and friends as this has a direct and positive impact on your child’s emotional wellbeing. Our social and emotional wellbeing team will support you to manage any mental health difficulties which may be impacting on your child’s social relationships. Our team of Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists are trained in the Social Thinking ® methodology and offer practical, group sessions to help children learn how to navigate their social world “in the moment”.
Your Child & Emotional Wellbeing
You and your child will work alongside our mental health clinicians to support your child’s emotional wellbeing, to ensure that they develop resilience and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. It is normal for children to experience a range of emotions including fear, sadness, disappointment, anxiety, anger, joy and hope. The Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2019 reports that almost 1 in 7 children and adolescents aged 4-17 years experienced a mental health disorder in the previous 12 months. Our team will support your child to learn how to think or feel about themselves and the world around them and how to manage the challenges and stressors in their lives. We may work directly with your child, directly with you as a parent or together as a family to promote their emotional, mental, physical and social wellbeing. Our Occupational Therapists can also help your child learn specific strategies in which to regulate their emotions and work alongside their school in order to ensure that the strategies are implemented.
Your Child & Behaviour
All behaviours happen for a reason and challenging behaviours / behaviours of concern are no different. Our role is to try to figure out what is driving the behaviour of concern. Behaviours can be triggered by a multitude of factors (environmental, sensory, communication, Psychological) and therefore require an approach that relies on expertise from various disciplines. Our job is to figure out what exactly is going on for the individual that is causing the behaviours that are putting them or others at risk. This team is always lead by a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner who collaborates with the specialist disciplines as needed.
Connects PBS practitioners in partnership with your family and support networks will work to better understand the behaviours of concern from multiple perspectives. In collaboration with you, plans will be developed that aim to reduce / extinguish these persistent behaviours which are a safety concern but are also impacting on the individuals quality of life.
Our Therapy Services
What is Speech Pathology?
Speech Pathologists have expertise in assessing, diagnosing, and treating children presenting with a varied and often complex range of speech, language, social–pragmatic and language-literacy issues. A Speech Pathologist may help if your child is late to talk, if it is difficult to understand your child when they speak, if they have trouble following instructions, have a stutter or voice difficulties, or any concerns with reading and spelling development.
Communication difficulties frequently occur within the context of other developmental issues. A Paediatric Speech Pathologist is also adept at considering other areas of a child’s development: play and cognition, behaviour, motor and social skills.
Our Speech Pathology Services
- Early Language Development / Late Talkers
- Language Development
- Comprehension Skills
- Speech Sound Development
- Feeding and Mealtime Management
- Social Communication Skills
- Phonological Awareness and Literacy Development
- Voice Disorders
Meet Our Speechies
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children to develop skills in self-care, school, and play. By supporting children and enabling them to achieve their full potential, Occupational Therapy indirectly works on developing confidence, self-esteem, social skills and general well-being. Occupational Therapists provide assessment and/or therapy services for children with a variety of diagnoses. You may request OT assessment services for information contributing to a diagnosis or recommendations regarding the management of a child with an established diagnosis. Common diagnostic groups include, but are not limited to, children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, and those whose ability to participate in play and daily activities are interrupted by an injury or disease process.
Our Occupational Therapy Services
- Sensory Processing Skills
- Motor Skill Development
- Activities of Daily Living – toileting, dressing, eating
- Feeding and Mealtime Management
- Play Skills
- Skills for School – handwriting, regulation, concentration
- Equipment Prescription and Assistive Technology
- Emotional Regulation
Meet Our OTs
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can assist children with developmental delay, neurological conditions and many other areas of development.
Our physiotherapists have a keen interest and experience in assisting children and families succeeding in all areas of developmental needs.
Physiotherapists work with children in many ways to assist with developing skills and enjoying life. They have an expert understanding of child development and how this relates to neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal health. A physiotherapist’s skills are in using play and the family system to assess and treat your child.
Did You Know...
- Approximately 86% of children with ASD also present with some sort of motor difficulty 86% 86%
- Approximately 32% of children with ASD receive treatment for their motor difficulties 32% 32%
- 81% of adolescents do not meet the recommendations for aerobic exercise from the World Health Organisation 81% 81%
(Among children and adolescents, an average of 60 min/day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity across the week provides health benefits. This can be generalised to/adapted for those with disabilities.)
- Does your child have difficulty with constipation or toilet training?
- Are they over the age of 5 and still wet the bed?
- Are they having wee or poo accidents at school?
Continence physiotherapy may be able to assist with these and other similar conditions.
Continence physiotherapists work to support people with difficulties with their bladder, bowel or sexual function. These can present in different ways in men, women and children, a few examples being: incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse after childbirth, difficulties arising after menopause or cancer surgery, persistent incontinence after prostate surgery and constipation, daytime wetting or soiling in children, bedwetting over the age of 5, or concerns with delayed toilet training.
While being a primarily paediatric clinic, adults can also access treatment at the clinic with Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist Karina Caldwell.
Our Physiotherapy Services
- Gross Motor Development
- Motor based challenges
- Musculoskeletal Development and Rehabilitation
- Physical Participation
- Strength and Balance Skills
- Youth Weight Management and Fitness
- Sensory Motor Development
- Continence Physiotherapy
Meet Our Physios
What is Dietetics?
Specialising in family-focused nutrition services, including infant feeding, fussy eating, food allergies and intolerances, weight concerns, and gut health.
Being skilled in Paediatric nutrition, our team can help families navigate through common feeding challenges and connect joyfully with their child through food and eating.
Our Dietetics Services
- Infant feeding concerns and solids introduction.
- Fussy or problem eating and helping to achieve stress-free, healthy and enjoyable family mealtimes.
- Navigating through food allergies and intolerances.
- Digestive issues, such as reflux, diarrhea, and constipation.
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as Coeliac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Growth faltering or weight concerns.
- Nutrient deficiencies.
- Specialised feeding needs (e.g. tube feeding).
Meet Our Dietitians
We Are Here To Help
Our Mental Health team includes a range of psychologists, Mental Health OT’s and social workers. We aim to provide a holistic and culturally appropriate service to promote social and emotional wellbeing. Our centre is located in a safe and confidential space, and our focus is to increase the participation and engagement of all people in mental health services. Our team supports you to work on areas of your life that you would like to change, want to improve, find challenging or need support with.
Some of the areas that we support are:
- Overall mental health
- Managing thoughts and emotions that have been or are unhelpful and disruptive
- Anxiety management and support
- Grief and loss support
- Social interactions
- Behavioural Difficulties
- Depressions and sadness
Good mental health allows you to deal with the changes and challenges life throws at you and live your life in a positive and meaningful way. With our mental health clinicians’ guidance, we can empower you to take charge and learn ways to tackle everyday life challenges.
Our psychologists are available to diagnose and treat children and adolescents. They help children cope with stresses like divorce, death, and family or school transitions. They work with children with a variety of developmental issues, from learning disabilities to severe mental illness. This can include attention deficit disorder, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and adjustment disorder.
MENTAL HEALTH OT
Our Mental Health OTs support children and young adults facing behavioural, developmental, social and protection issues. They may offer practical and emotional support and work with individuals or groups. Our Mental Health OTs may help young people with building self-esteem and confidence, family conflict, drug and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships, education, and finding a job. They provide assessment and intervention supports, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Social workers are responsible for helping individuals, families, and groups of people cope with their problems to improve their lives. One aspect of this is teaching skills and developing mechanisms for patients to rely on to better their lives and experiences. Social workers will often serve as liaisons between different institutions to assist clients and collaborate with other health professionals to ensure patient wellness. They will become familiar with and refer clients to community resources.
Our Mental Health Services
- Depression and Anxiety
- Behavioural and Emotional Issues
- Trauma, Grief and Loss
- Social Emotional Development
- School Refusal, Bullying and Anxiety
- Poor Self Esteem
- Youth, Adolescent and Family Support
Meet Our Mental Health Team
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What are Literacy Specialists?
Literacy Specialists are trained educators who have completed additional training to deliver specialised, effective literacy support for our clients. They work alongside our Speech Pathologists to deliver individualised programs to address language and literacy challenges. Oral language skills play a pivotal role in literacy development, and so our programs ensure that all aspects of your child’s language and literacy development are addressed.
Our Literacy Specialist Services
- Reading and Spelling Development
- Phonological Awareness Skills
- Literacy Programs using Systematic Synthetic Phonics (Sounds-Write)
- Language Development Goals (supported by Speech Pathologists)
- Handwriting Support
Meet Our Literacy Specialists
Positive Behaviour Support
PBS is a person-centred framework for providing support in situations where there is or the risk of challenging behaviour impacting an individual’s quality of life and/or putting others safety at risk.
What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a person-centred framework for providing support in situations where there is, or there is a risk of, challenging behaviour. The aim of positive behaviour support is not to ‘fix’ or even stop a behaviour, but to ensure that an individual’s needs are being met and that there are no gaps in support (this should lead to a decrease in behaviours as the person is being well supported). PBS understands that challenging behaviour occurs for a reason and communicates important information about a person’s stress, distress and skill development.
The Primary Goal of PBS
Meet an individual’s underlying needs and improve quality of life – help create a “good life”.
The Secondary Goal of PBS
Reduce behaviour of concern.
Our PBS Practitioners
PBS practitioners recognise the unique role and expertise that parents, carers and families of those individuals with a disability have to play in managing behaviour. Families and carers are the best placed to help identify why a behaviour occurs, the development of a behaviour plan, and strategies to change behaviour. When behaviour involves a high level of risk or is complex, and behaviour strategies are not effective, it is a good idea for families to get support from a specialist who can support behaviour. At Connect PTS, we are passionate about supporting people with disabilities and their families, and often challenging behaviours can get in the way of opportunities for learning, leisure and happiness. Connect PTS employs Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners who seek to understand behaviours of concern from multiple perspectives and work in partnership with the individuals family and support network to develop plans and goals for meaningful change. All Connect Paediatric Therapy Services PBS staff are approved Behaviour Support Practitioners delivering services under the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission.
Meet Our PBS Staff
Allied Health Assistants
What is an Allied Health Assistant?
An Allied Health Assistant (AHA) works as direct support for all our Allied Health Professionals. They can provide client support and deliver therapy programs developed by the child’s clinical team. The programs may involve some, or all, of the therapy goals determined by you and your therapists. Our team of AHA’s are supervised regularly by Allied Health Professionals, and ensure that your child can access more regular, face to face sessions, as well as providing a less costly service.
Aboriginal Community Liaison
What is an Aboriginal Community Liaison?
Aboriginal Community Liaisons are responsible for engaging and building relationships within the community and providing a liaison service to ensure increased access and engagement between our Allied Health clinicians and Aboriginal people and ensure we consistently provide culturally appropriate access to clinical services. Aboriginal Community Liaisons are pivotal in building positive relationships within the community to support the engagement of Aboriginal families. They will support Aboriginal families to access our services and help them understand the NDIS.
How Can We Help?
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