Individual Therapy

We provide a range of different therapy interventions from several disciplines, all tailored and targeted to your child’s needs.

Speech Pathology

Our experienced Speech Pathologists provide a range of individual 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.

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

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 occupational therapists at On Track can offer clinic, home or kinder/childcare/school-based intervention.

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.

Executive function support

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.

Executive functioning is a neuropsychological concept that refers to the cognitive processes controlling and regulating thought and action (Diamond, 2013).

It is from these executive functions that higher-order executive functions are built, such as planning and problem-solving (Collins & Koechlin, 2012). Executive functions are instrumental in many life aspects, including academic achievements. Schooling success relies heavily on executive functioning. Reading achievement, for example, requires (1) working memory to keep relevant information active; (2) cognitive flexibility to focus attention on textual features and integrate meaning; and (3) inhibition to suppress irrelevant info/memories from interfering with reading (e.g., Follmer, 2018).

In children with ASD, executive function capabilities may vary greatly, with difficulties in mental inflexibility, persistence, and planning difficulties being seen more often, which may in turn be related to wider ASD impairment characteristics, like restricted interests and rigid thought patterns.

In particular, social skills development relies on executive functioning, and this is greatly impacted in children with ASD. Social awareness, self-regulation, and pro-social orientation are often inhibited, leading to difficulties in social development during schooling

Our highly experienced psychologists and educational consultants can help children with their executive functioning difficulties. We also offer a range of individual and group therapies that are aimed at assisting children with their executive functioning deficits.

The sessions focus on

Identifying areas of concern
Explicit instruction of key skills and knowledge
Key strategies and skills, which are transferable and necessary for success
Executive functioning skills
Emotional regulation
Coping with change
Plan of how to consolidate new knowledge acquired

1:1 Learning Behaviour Sessions for Prep - Year 9

Targeted individualised sessions throughout the school and beyond, that aim to to support emotional regulation, academic and organisation skills in a supportive environment. These sessions are designed for children from Prep – Year 9 to facilitate and promote children’s learning and success.

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.