EARLY ACCESS TO EARLY INTERVENTION

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We are passionate about Early Intervention, and we are committed to filling gaps in community services….   Over the years we often hear of parents with newly diagnosed children on wait lists to see therapists, but struggling with knowing what to do now to help their children.   Recently we discussed this concern with Emily from Move and Play Paediatric Therapists   Below is a solution we have come up with.  Please feel free to pass onto your clients, patients, families.  I’ll have flyers printed shortly and will have them delivered to you to share should the need arise 

 

Early Access to Early Intervention Therapy Group Program  – Proposal from Move and Play Therapy

 

Background:

Early access to early intervention services for children with or at risk of a disability within the first 2 years of life has long been recognized as important to the developmental outcomes for the children, as well as how the families cope in this early phase of their child’s journey.

Waitlists for therapy services in the Mackay region are long, with wait times of up to 18 months or more before children can access individual therapy. This means that children with a diagnosed disability, or at risk of a diagnosed disability, are not able to access therapy supports in a timely way to maximize their potential outcomes.

 

Proposal:

10 week Early Intervention Group Program run in partnership between Summer House Mackay and Move and Play Paediatric Therapy.   10 spots available. 

 

Appropriate for children aged 0-4 years, with:

 

* A diagnosed disability, or

* At risk of a diagnosed disability (eg: premature, low birth weight, failure to thrive, or early developmental concerns)

* An undiagnosed disability (ie: disability due to unknown cause)

* Early global developmental delay, or

* Parents know there is something wrong with their child, but have not yet been able to access appropriate supports Program will consist of a 2 hour parent workshop, and 9 x 1 hour group therapy sessions with allied health professionals.

Maximum of 8 children per session for therapist sessions. Maximum of 20 parents/carers for the workshop.

 

Expected outcomes:

* Increased access to early therapy supports and strategies while children wait for individual therapy

* Empowerment of parents through early access to information and education about their child’s needs and how to support their child’s development

* Social connection and support between parents in similar situations

* Developmental progress for the children attending the group sessions

 

What will the program involve?:

Pre-assessment

* Questionnaire and developmental screening tool emailed to parents to collect information about their child, the child’s current developmental progress, the child’s strengths and needs

* 15 minute phone call with an Allied Health Assistant to help the parents set goals that they would like to see their child working towards during the group

* Parents to send 3-minute video of their child’s current abilities to Move and Play Paediatric Therapy for review prior to the program commencement

 

Program

* 10 weeks

* 1 group session per week, which will consist of 3 x Physio sessions, 3 x OT sessions, 3 x Speech sessions, and 1 x parent workshop

* Therapist sessions to cycle between the disciplines eg: Week 1 = Physiotherapy, Week 2 = Occupational Therapy, Week 3 = Speech Pathology, Week 4 = Physiotherapy, etc. Workshop preferably scheduled at the beginning of the program.

* All sessions to be held at Summer House Mackay, South Mackay. Therapists will be required to travel to Summer House from Move and Play Paediatric Therapy.

* Group therapy sessions will consist of a combination of whole group activities where all children are participating in the same activity at the same time, and individual station activities where the activity can be individualised to each child’s specific needs and developmental stage. All activities will be goal directed

* The workshop would be designed to help support parents in:

o Being aware of developmental concerns in their child and how to access help

o Recognising their child’s needs across all areas of development

o Ways they can assist their child with their development

o Supporting their child to develop a sense of identity, and how they can live their best life

o Empowering the parents to know they can advocate for and support their child, as well as how to take care of themselves as parents and families

* Option to be able to provide written referrals to other services for further investigation or treatment (such as referring to a paediatrician or orthotist) (billed separately)

Post- assessment and reporting

* 15-minute phone call with an Allied Health Assistant to review progress towards goals set at the beginning of the program

* Completion of a written report at the end of the 10 week program to outline services and supports provided and goals and outcomes achieved.

* Option to complete a written report to assist children with gaining access to the NDIS and their first plan (billed separately)

* Option to complete a written end of NDIS plan review report if no other services have been engaged (ie: if only service they have attended is this program)

 

Scheduled dates

Parent Workshop – Emily Hayles 9am till 11am

Thursday 3rd February 2022

 

Physiotherapy – Kate Hopper 9am till 10am

Thursday 10th February 2022

 

Occupational Therapy – Jess Nikles 9am till 10am

Thursday 17th February 2022

 

Speech Pathology – Luke Mitchell 9am till 10am

Thursday 24th February 2022

 

Physiotherapy – Kate Hopper 9am till 10am

Thursday 3rd March 2022

 

Occupational Therapy – Jess Nikles 9am till 10am

Thursday 10th March 2022

 

Speech Pathology – Luke Mitchell 9am till 10am

Thursday 17th March 2022

 

Physiotherapy – Kate Hopper 9am till 10am

Thursday 24th March 2022

 

Occupational Therapy – Jess Nikles 9am till 10am

Thursday 31st March 2022

 

Speech Pathology – Luke Mitchell 9am till 10am

Thursday 7th April 2022

 

If you’re interested in booking in, please contact us via 49441089, in person to 2-4 Casey Avenue or via bdo@summerhousemackay.com.au