Please contact our office staff for details of current groups running.
Social Imagination Group
In conjunction with Kirsty Christmas, a qualified Arts Therapist and our speech pathologists, we offer an ongoing Social Imagination and Social Skills programme each Monday afternoon 4:00pm-5:30pm, at the Port Noarlunga Institute. This group was particularly developed to meet the needs of children who are anxious in traditional social skills groups. Using the art therapy mediums and techniques this group offers children a therapeutic space in which they can engage and socialise in a fun and meaningful manner with other children with the aim to encourage greater well-being, self-awareness and insight.
Creative Talk (Preschoolers)
Aims to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for your child to engage in activities focused on developing speech, social skills, attention and listening. It also offers parents the opportunity to meet and mingle with other parents and families.
Coordinated and facilitated by Speech Pathologists, social workers and trained staff.
- Focused on preschool and early school aged children, up to six years of age.
- Activities are focused on developing communication and language skills, and encouraging social interactions between children through a use of structured and informal activities.
Parents and children will have the opportunity to meet and engage with other similar families in a relaxed, structured and comfortable environment.
Transition to School Group
Our transition to school group is run jointly with a speech pathologist and depending on need our developmental educator, social worker or Occupational therapist. This group helps support children in attending school. Our groups are based around looking at the child’s needs and incorporating them into the group curriculum. We target communication, language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Music Movement and Communication
Our latest group incorporates music and movement to assist in helping children to self regulate and focus. This group is run by our speech pathologists, we have particularly used music and movement together in this group as;
- Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
- Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
- Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
- Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.
- Music is perfectly designed for training children’s listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
- Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child’s desire for language, the body’s urge to move, the brain’s attention to patterns, the ear’s lead in initiating communication, the voice’s response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
As published in Early Childhood Connections.