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Current groups – Term 2, 2022

Children's Group Therapy Programs

Our children’s group therapy programs can vastly enhance a child’s social integration, development of age-applicable skills and capacities, educational participation and engagement. Designed and led by our NDIS-registered children’s occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and physiotherapists, our range of children’s groups target specific areas of development and need – from handwriting skills to hand-eye coordination. Our current groups include LEGO Club, Handwriting Club, Let’s Get Physical and Ready, Steady, Soar! As well as developing skills and functional capacities, these specially-designed group activities foster participants’ competence and confidence in peer engagement and belief in their own potential. (We call our group therapy participants ‘Young Soarers’.)

How costs are calculated

Group therapy pricing is in line with NDIS pricing guidelines. Program elements that determine each group’s cost includes:

  • Running the group
  • Group planning
  • Pre and post-group session follow-up
  • Post-session individual evaluation
  • Resources required for group
  • Handouts and information presented for each group
  • Group development and training
  • Group establishment (participants)
  • Travel (Hanen group only)

Key benefits of children’s group therapy

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Physical skills and function

Groups targeting physical skills and function improve proficiencies such as body balance and coordination, hand-eye coordination and gross and fine motor skills, in turn increasing capacities for completing daily activities, from shoelace tying to eating. Participants also gain social and communication skills.

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Social and communication

All children’s groups promote interaction with similar-aged peers and adults, improve proficiency and confidence in social and communication skills, increase awareness of appropriate-context-specific social behaviour and promote cooperation and turn taking.

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Behaviour and emotion regulation

Participation in small, structured group activities can significantly improve behaviour and emotion regulation and self-soothing both by fostering empathy, perspective-taking and cooperation with others and providing opportunities to practise frustration tolerance through turn taking and delayed rewards.

Adults’ Group Therapy Programs (coming soon)

Suitable for clients and participants aged from 21 to 95, adults’ group therapy programs can greatly enhance the benefits of individual occupational therapy and related integrated therapy programs by cultivating a broad range of life and social skills, reducing social isolation, and promoting greater life satisfaction. Designed and led by NDIS-registered practitioners, group therapy activities may include life skills such as self-care and home tasks such as cooking, social skills training and community activities, vocational training such as preparation for voluntary or paid work, leisure activities such as arts and crafts and wellness activities such as mindfulness and breathing techniques. Physical activity-based groups such as group hydrotherapy may also be used to promote maintenance and improvement of participants’ functional abilities.