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Services

Spectrum Therapy Australia is an experienced team of Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Therapists who work together under one roof to provide the best results for your child and family.

Specifically tailored with YOUR child’s strengths and challenges in mind

We start off by completing a thorough assessment of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. This may occur at home, school, child care, kinder or at our clinic.  This helps us get to know the child and family and tune into what is important to them. It also creates a baseline so we know where to start.

Next we collaborate with the family and child to set clear, functional goals that have meaning to them.  Based on these we devise an individually tailored program to meet these specific goals.  How often sessions occur, when and where is decided on with the family to support them to be realistic and to fit in with the families capabilities.

We see preschoolers, primary school aged and high school aged children. We also assist adults with a disability.

Children with Autism and Asperger’s may experience many difficulties in life that can impact on the whole family. Managing emotions and making friends are difficult for us all however children with autism (Asperger’s) and other disabilities find these areas particularly hard. By working with a psychologist your child can learn to manage their emotions and make long lasting friendships.

 

Spectrum Therapy Australia is an NDIS provider and Medicare rebates are available

We see preschoolers, primary school aged and high school aged children. We also assist adults with a disability. Spectrum Therapy Australia provides:

ASSESSMENTS

  • Autism Diagnosis (including high functioning autism, formally known as Asperger’s)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosis
  • Intellectual Disability Diagnosis
  • Global Developmental Delay Diagnosis
  • Giftedness
  • Learning difficulties/disability including dyslexia
  • Adaptive Behaviour
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

 

THERAPY

Working with the family to establish goals our psychologist can help your child to:

  • Make friends and maintain friendships
  • Reduce meltdowns
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Increase self esteem
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease episodes of aggression, anger and self-injury
  • Reduce fussy eating
  • Understand personal space
  • Understand allergy and contain anxiety around eating
  • Improve attention and concentration
  • Improve ability to follow instructions

 

GROUP PROGRAMS

Social Success! – Help your child make and keep friends by joining one of our group programs!

 

If your child is struggling to make friends, maintain friendships, having difficulty getting along with peers, is being bullied, is anxious about peer interactions, lacks self-esteem or just wants to make some new friends, then this is the group for them.

Group members participate in an introductory goal setting session with one of our therapists, prior to the group starting, unless they are already receiving Spectrum Therapy services.

 

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Getting to know each other
  • Identifying friendship building and blocking behaviours
  • Strategies for self-regulation
  • Safe ways to express emotions
  • Listening skills and communication styles
  • Recognizing perspectives of others
  • Problem solving and compromising

 

Groups run for children 5-16 years of age in both school holidays and during term, please see our 2017 calendar for group programs.

 

Call us today to register! 9686 2306

A frequent question we are asked at Spectrum Therapy is what does an Occupational Therapist do? The answer is almost everything! OT’s can help children with life skills that are essential for their development. Whether it be brushing their teeth, getting ready, putting on their shoes, eating, holding a pencil, remaining focused in the classroom or following instruction – an OT can help!

 

Spectrum Therapy Australia is an NDIS provider and Medicare rebates are available

 

Spectrum Therapy Australia provides:

 

ASSESSMENTS

Our Occupational Therapists can assess your child’s:

  • Sensory processing; noise, light, touch, smell and sight
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Visual spatial awareness
  • Visual Motor Integration
  • Play skills including parallel, associative and cooperative play
  • School readiness; following group instruction, turn taking, independent play, sitting and sharing
  • Self-care; grooming, eating
  • Concentration and attention

 

THERAPY

Working with the family to establish goals our Occupational Therapist can help your child to:

 

  • Reach developmental milestones (speech, gross and fine motor)
  • Improve poor attention and concentration
  • Developing play skills including parallel, associative and cooperative play
  • Assist with problem feeding and picky eating
  • Improve listening or processing problems including auditory processing
  • Aid children with literacy difficulties / Dyslexia (spelling, reading, writing and/or reading comprehension)
  • Improve oral-motor problems that lead to problems with feeding, speech and / or dribbling
  • Learn to play, copy, and problem-solve in order to make lasting friendships
  • Improve challenges with routine and following instructions
  • Reduce avoidance / distress with daily tasks (e.g., transitions / dressing / showering / mealtime / outings)
  • Increase muscle tone, strength and / or endurance
  • Improve coordination (fine motor and / or gross motor)
  • Improve messy or reduced handwriting
  • Decrease challenges with meal times (e.g. improving diet and/or utensil use)
  • understand sensory processing abilities and help to regulate responses to noise, touch, taste, smell and sight
  • Increase bodily awareness to avoid being a space invader

 

GROUP PROGRAMS

Social Success! – Help your child make and keep friends by joining one of our group programs!

 

If your child is struggling to make friends, maintain friendships, having difficulty getting along with peers, is being bullied, is anxious about peer interactions, lacks self-esteem or just wants to make some new friends, then this is the group for them.

Group members participate in an introductory goal setting session with one of our therapists, prior to the group starting, unless they are already receiving Spectrum Therapy services.

 

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Getting to know each other
  • Identifying friendship building and blocking behaviours
  • Strategies for self-regulation
  • Safe ways to express emotions
  • Listening skills and communication styles
  • Recognizing perspectives of others
  • Problem solving and compromising

Groups run for children 5-16 years of age in both school holidays and during term, please see our 2017 calendar for group programs.

 

Call us today to register! 9686 2306

Communicating is tricky! Understanding others, expressing yourself, finding the right words, saying things nicely are all areas each of us can find challenging at times. Communicating is a skill we use every day and doing it well is essential for making friendships, achieving academically and succeeding in finding and maintaining employment. Helping your child communicate effectively is a skill that is going to make a huge impact on their life now and in the future.

 

Spectrum Therapy can teach your child to communicate with others so they can make friends and, understand you and clearly tell you what they need with words, instead of challenging behaviour.

 

Spectrum Therapy Australia is an NDIS provider and Medicare rebates are available

 

Spectrum Therapy Australia provides:

 

ASSESSMENTS

  • Articulation (the clarity of your child’s speech)
  • Receptive language (what your child understands)
  • Expressive language (your child’s use of sentences and grammar)
  • Pragmatic language (how your child uses language in a social context to interact with others)
  • play skills
  • Literacy and phonological skills (the developmental of reading, writing and spelling skills)
  • Fluency of speech

 

THERAPY

Working with the family to establish goals our speech therapist can help your child to:

  • Greet others in different enviroments; home, school, community
  • Communicate verbally in an appropriate way
  • Communicate nonverbally using gesture, facial expression and eye-contact
  • Read and spell
  • Process and understand verbal and nonverbal forms of communication
  • Know when and what to communicate in different contexts with family, friends and strangers
  • Learn how to have a conversation
  • Make friends and maintain friendships
  • Developing play skills including parallel, associative and cooperative play
  • Learn to love spending time with others, talking, laughing and playing with friends

 

GROUP PROGRAMS

Social Success! – Help your child make and keep friends by joining one of our group programs!

 

If your child is struggling to make friends, maintain friendships, having difficulty getting along with peers, is being bullied, is anxious about peer interactions, lacks self-esteem or just wants to make some new friends, then this is the group for them.

Group members participate in an introductory goal setting session with one of our therapists, prior to the group starting, unless they are already receiving Spectrum

Therapy services.

 

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Getting to know each other
  • Identifying friendship building and blocking behaviours
  • Strategies for self-regulation
  • Safe ways to express emotions
  • Listening skills and communication styles
  • Recognizing perspectives of others
  • Problem solving and compromising

 

Groups run for children 5-16 years of age in both school holidays and during term, please see our 2017 calendar for group programs.

 

Call us today to register! Phone 9686 2306

The Social Skills Group aims to help children and teenagers improve their social skills and create an opportunity to make friendships in a structured setting with the support of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Speech Pathologists. In Social Skills group, your child will have the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills required for participation in group activities, have the opportunity for parallel, associative and cooperative play with other children of similar abilities, and will continue to develop the social skills needed for positive friendships.

 

Who can participate in groups?

Social Skills Groups will be run for the following groups

  • Transition to School Age
  • Primary School Age
  • High School Age
  • Children, Teens and Adults with an Intellectual Disability

 

What Skills will be addressed?

  • Following group directions
  • Responding in group settings
  • Sharing in play and conversation
  • Improving listening skills, concentration and attention
  • Learning how to be a good friend
  • Problem solving in social situations and conflict resolution
  • Transitioning to and from activities
  • Recognising and managing emotions and appropriate emotional responses in social situations
  • Turn-taking in play and conversation
  • Learning to understand what is expected and unexpected in social settings
  • Understanding and interpreting emotions and thoughts of their peers in play and conversation

 

How will these key skills be developed?

Social skills groups will use a combination of direct instruction, role-playing, social stories, and incidental teaching. These skills will be addressed through a range of activities such as story-telling, arts and crafts, group instructions, and group games. These skills will help your child to learn the critical skills needed to develop and maintain positive friendships, cope with challenging social situations and regulating and understanding emotions.

TRANSITION PROGRAM

Give your child a confident start to school with this group. Many children start to feel anxious about starting school over the long summer break. This group runs in the last weeks of January and can make a huge difference to your child starting school confidently and calmly.

The program includes:

  • Practice of a school routine (i.e. mat time, recess, table work, taking the roll, etc)
  • Fun pre-writing and pre-reading activities.
  • PE games.
  • Practice of independent work.
  • Practice of how to meet new friends.

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Moving on — Stepping up to secondary school

Looking for a stress free start to secondary school for your child? One of the major transitions for children, especially children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Anxiety related issues, is the move up to Secondary school. This unique program assists this group of children prepare for that step.

Goals of the program:

  • To provide a specialist facilitated environment for students to share their concerns related to their transition to Year Seven and to problem solve around these concerns as a group.
  • To introduce strategies for each participant to manage their school transition related anxieties.
  • To introduce strategies to prepare the students to manage organising their own diary, timetable and belongings in Year Seven.
  • To explore learning styles and explore specific study strategies which could be implemented by them at home and/or school.
  • To explore social skills required, including introducing themselves to new peers and teachers.

This group runs throughout October – February to assist secondary school kids make a successful move from Grade 6 into Year 7.

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*Please note all our group programs require three registered children to proceed.

We believe the more we can share our knowledge and experience, the more it helps the kids we work with. Spectrum Therapy Australia runs a range of training and information seminars for parents, teachers and other professionals on a range of specialist areas related to developing social, sensorimotor, emotional and other skill areas for children.

Seminars we run include:

  • Understanding Autism in the female population
  • Using visual cues to teach and promote positive social behaviours in children.
  • Senseability – Multisensory learning
  • How does your engine run? The Alert Programe for self-regulation
  • Helping children make and keep friends
  • Practically Social – teaching children with Autism/Asperger’s friendship skills
  • Getting hands ready for school tasks
  • Fun finger stuff – activities for developing writing skills
  • What is Autism/Asperger’s clearing up the myths
  • Successful sensory processing strategies for the classroom
  • Calm your child for better sleep
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Dealing anxiety in everyday life

Behaviour Support Plans:

We offer practical solutions to behaviourchallenges, using the Positive Behaviour Support model. A clinician will conduct observations and interactions/discussions with the person being referred and their support people. All relevant files and documents will be reviewed and the relevant assessments completed. This information will be used to create a Behaviour Support Plan. This document will outline the proactive and reactive strategies needed to support the individual. The clinician will also complete staff training and monitor progress during the implementation of the plan. Our staff can also support restricted practice proceedings when necessary.

On-site Practical Behaviour Strategies:

We also offer onsite practical strategies, aimed to manage challenging behaviour. Clinicians spend time assisting with a range of clients by providing practical strategies, training staff and writing brief interaction guidelines on site at either a day program or group home. These contracts are popular for organisations and parents that need frequent behavioural support for various clients for low-medium risk behaviours.

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