Our experienced Speech Pathologists provide a range of individual and group therapy programs tailored to suit individual families and their needs. We provide a range of different therapy interventions including Alternative and Augmentative communication approaches such as PECs, coreboards and key word signing. Our Speech Pathologists are trained in a variety of language development programs such as Hanen “It takes two” and “More than Words”.
The team will work with children of all ages and stages to develop their:
- receptive language skills – understanding language and learning different concepts
- expressive language skills – developing vocabulary and improving sentence structure
- pragmatic language skills – using language to communicate in different social situations
- phonological awareness skills – pre-literacy skills
- articulation- producing correct speech sounds
- Early literacy skills
The team is always striving to make therapy a positive and fun experience. A variety of music, dance, games and craft may be used for all children to help achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Sessions can take place at the clinic, kinder, childcare or home. All work is done with parents and teachers and educators to facilitate learning and understanding of the child’s needs.
The On Track feeding clinic aims to provide assessment and intervention for children who have difficulty with feeding and mealtimes. Children who may benefit from an assessment are babies or young children who are struggling to transition on to solid foods or varied textures, children who have a history of poor feeding and/or tube feeding who continue to struggle with foods and/or engagement at mealtimes, children who have limited food repertoires (i.e. “fussy” eaters), and children who display behavioural issues around mealtimes (either routines or with the mealtime activity itself).
The clinic involves occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists, working in close partnership with the parents and caregivers of the child. The occupational therapist and speech pathologist are trained in the SOS (Sequential – Oral – Sensory) approach, and use this within their practice to determine areas of need and structure therapeutic interventions.
The initial assessment includes an interview with the parents about the child’s medical, developmental and feeding history and current food repertoire. There will also be opportunity for the child to be offered preferred and non-preferred foods, so that the therapists can observe the child’s oral motor and oral sensory skills, how the child and parents engage with the food, and the varied behavioural responses that might occur. Psychology and Behavioural Interventions Our psychologists individually tailors programs that take into account each child’s developmental level, communication and social skills, emotional and behavioural problems and social and family context. Each behavior management program involves analysing behavior, including communicative intent and function, and focuses on the development of new, appropriate behaviours in a positive teaching style.
The delivery of behaviour management interventions includes training parents in the day to day management of behaviour and emotions. It also includes helping parents understand antecedents and consequences of behaviour.
We provide individual or family-based as well as child/adolescent counselling. Psychologists work with children and families also for a range of issues for children, young people and their families, including anxiety, depression, school interventions, education support, issues facing adolescents, sexual health, social skills.
Sessions can take place at the clinic, home, school or kinder/childcare depending on the needs of the family.
Occupational therapy for children focuses on the activities a child needs or wants to do in their daily lives, promotes the child’s skill development and participation in these activities to help achieve success and independence.
The experienced occupational therapists at On Track can assess and provide therapy and assistance for:
- Self-regulation – from babies (sleep-wake routines, settling, irritability) through to school-aged children (attention for learning, activity levels, sleep difficulties).
- Play skills – early play and engagement, pretend play and building creative thinking skills, and social engagement with peers for play.
- Self-care skills – toilet training, hygiene, dressing and grooming (e.g. morning/night-time routines)
- Feeding skills – promoting independence for self-feeding, including finger feeding and using utensils, and fussy eaters – addressing underlying sensory or motor issues, often in consultation with speech pathologists.
- Motor skills – core stability for postural control, motor planning and coordination (for playground participation, riding a bike, and in general daily life), hand strength and dexterity, pencil grasp, coordination for drawing and handwriting.
- Sensory processing and integration – identifying and assisting children who are over or under sensitive to different sensory input (e.g. children who are sensitive to noise and become disorganised in noisy, overwhelming environments), children who are constantly “on the move” and children who are over or under-sensitive to touch.
The occupational therapists at On Track can offer clinic, home or kinder/childcare/school-based intervention.
Working Memory Intervention
Cogmed Working Memory training is a computer based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory. Typically, individuals with poor working memory difficulties share the following profile:
- Reserved in group activities
- Poor academic progress in reading and mathematics
- Difficulties with following instructions
- Problems with learning activities that requires both storage and processing
- Appear to be inattentive, to have a short attention span and to be distractible.
School, Kinder and Child Care Transition and Support
We provide outreach programs to facilitate the inclusion of children into a new school, kinder and child care centres. Support is offered to classroom teachers, including provision of individualised strategies and personalised resources.