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’.)
Group overview: Handwriting Club is a fortnightly, 6-week program designed to focus on the skills required for pre-writing and writing. It is aimed at pre-school and primary school-aged children who can communicate verbally. It is an opportunity for them to come together and work in a supported, small group environment to improve upon their overall writing skills. Various activities are incorporated into the group to work towards improved strength, clarity and application. Participants are assigned to the relevant group based on a pre-group assessment.
Age group: Pre-school and primary school
Facilitators: Occupational therapist / physiotherapist
Group dates: Term 1 commencing 1 March fortnightly, enrolments term by term.
Price/Costs*: $1,299 for 6 weeks plus 1-2 additional sessions for pre-screening assessment and post-session followup at OT rate
*Pricing is in line with NDIS price guidelines and subject to change.
Key benefits / outcomes:
Pre-writing skills targeted:
Writing skills targeted:
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
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.
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.
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.