Is your child struggling to keep up in school? Do they find it hard to make friends, or get into trouble for wriggling around, or talking too much in class?
It is likely that your child is struggling with some form of developmental delay. This means that early stages of development were missed, or are incomplete. As parents, we don’t always know where to turn for help.
I offer a comprehensive program to identify and address immaturities in your child’s early development. There is much more to learning than simply reading and writing. Screening for developmental delay will take into account social, emotional, behavioural, physical and academic learning.
The first step is to make an appointment for a chat. You can share your concerns, and we will discuss options for supporting both you and your child.
Screening for Developmental Delay
An initial assessment will help to identify your child’s individual needs. This will be followed by a meeting with you to discuss the results.
The assessment usually takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours, and will include:
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Sensory development and integration – touch, balance, listening, vision
- Basic auditory and visual screening
- Standardised tests of reading, writing, spelling and number skills if required
- Development history questionnaire, completed by the parent, providing background information about your child, including:
- Indications of missed or incomplete developmental milestones
- Stressful experiences during infancy and early childhood
- Likes and dislikes
- Special gifts and talents
Key Features of my Approach
I offer an individualised sensory integration and movement program based on the Extra Lesson. This is designed to help your child catch up on those incomplete stages of early development. Key features of my approach are:
- Acceptance of the child, reverence for who they are and what they bring
- A place of safety and trust, permission to be themselves
- A non-judgemental space to safely explore deep feelings and emotions
- Learning how to gently self-regulate behaviour
- The safety of a predictable routine
- No rush, no pressure to succeed
- Building sensory and motor skills through movement, craft activities, music, rhyme, rhythm, therapeutic painting, games and puzzles
- Recognition that learning happens at the child’s pace in an atmosphere of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy
I generally see children individually for one hour each week during term time, for a period of about 12 months. A short daily home exercise program will be designed to enhance your child’s progress.
Your support of this program at home will help your child to achieve to their potential, both at school and throughout life. The program supports many aspects of learning, not just for tomorrow in school, but throughout life.
We will meet regularly, at least once a term, to stay in touch, and to offer you support. This is also your chance to talk about anything that is worrying you.
Case studies of individual children, and Testimonials from their parents show that by addressing underlying issues, and building firm foundations for social, emotional, physical, behavioural and academic learning, gains can be seen in the following areas:
- Listening and communication
- Relationship skills
- Self-regulation of behaviour
- Reduced anxiety, anger and frustration
- Development of a sense of self through personal achievement
- Fewer (or no more) meltdowns
- Social skills, such as making friends, taking turns
- Academic achievement, such as reading and written expression
- Improved body awareness, motor coordination
- Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them
- Signs of empathy and compassion
- Closer family relationships
- Growth in confidence and self esteem
If you think this program can help you and your child, please call for a chat on 0474 095 432.
If you are self or plan managed,
- You might be covered for Counselling sessions under your NDIS plan. Please talk to your ECEI Coordinator, LAC or NDIA planner.
- If your child is aged 0 – 6 and you have concerns with their behaviour and/or early development, you may be eligible to receive parenting support from the NDIS through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program.