The Child Development Team provides integrated child health intervention that assists the development of children and supports families where there is a concern about a child’s development.
A stepped health care approach is used to provide service for families in a timely way to support the child’s development and wellbeing whilst addressing vulnerabilities and the family goals.
The care provided is timely, goal focused, integrated with other services, suitable for the needs of each child, effective, prioritised for children with indication of the most vulnerability.
Our multidisciplinary team incorporates occupational therapy, dietetics and speech pathology which provides a range of therapeutic services.
We are embedded with collocated family support services, child dentistry, early childhood education, counselling services, and Maternal Child Health Nursing Services.
Individual Therapy: Therapy is provided in a term on/term off basis. Individual therapy is completed in blocks of 6-8 sessions with the option to increased number of sessions for families from vulnerable backgrounds. This decision is based on clinician judgement. Sessions are up to 45 minutes long and are available to families on a weekly or fortnightly basis. This is determined by discussion with the family and availability.
Home Programming: is available for children that would benefit from working on their speech, language or motor concerns in the home environment. Parents are provided with an instruction session to explain the home program and are able to contact their clinician whilst they are completing it for further guidance. A review will be offered at the completion of the home program. Additionally, children who are receiving therapy for stuttering difficulties will receive ongoing individual sessions until they meet criteria to reduce frequency of sessions in accordance with the Lidcombe Program as is best practice.
Parent Information Talks and Group Therapy: Parent Information Talks and Group Therapy occur to complement individual therapy or be in place of individual therapy in accordance with criteria for service. They have been designed to streamline children into service pathways in a manner that reduces planning time required by clinicians and increases the timeliness of service.
Group therapy typically occurs for 6 sessions however this can alter and is detailed in the program plans. The Program Plans include information relating to the services, this includes outline and eligibility criteria. At the completion of a Parent Information Talk the planned service for the child through CDT has either been completed or the child is planned to attend further service via a Group Therapy or Individual Therapy. At the completion of Group Therapy, the child will be reviewed to confirm that they have completed their planned service with CDT.
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The Child Development Team are currently supporting our customers via the following support:
- Video and phone call support.
This program offers:
- Group Therapy
- Individual therapy
- Parent training
- Home programming
Who can access this program?
This program supports children aged 0-6 years old with a mild to moderate developmental delay, who do not require a referral to NDIS.
What does it cost?
There is no fee for low income clients. Medium/high income families can access groups and talks at the cost of $30 a session.
When can this program be accessed?
This program can be accessed Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
How can you access this program?For more information please contact us on 1300 00 EACH (1300 00 3224).
Groups and Programs:
To see the latest groups for our Child Development Team program, please check out our Your Health Matters Brochure found by clicking the image below:
- Sing & Play: For children aged 1 -3 years to learn play, early speech and language skills
- Tuneful Talkers: For children aged 2 - 3 years to foster parent-child intervention and early communication skills
- Super Talkers: For children aged 3 - 4 years to learn articulation and clear speech skills.
- Language Learners: For children aged 4 years to learn grammar skills and following complex instructions.
- School Readiness: For children going to school next year to learnskills ready for the classroom such as writing, following complexinstructions and explaining stories.
- Little Buddies: For children going to school next year to learn peer social skills