The Australian Childhood Foundation has some wonderful resources for parents and families.
They work to share knowledge in practical and evidence-based ways that support children and young people. Their training, tools and resources draw on the Foundation’s 30 year history working with children and young people, as well as working with leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, trauma and safeguarding.
The Chatterbox Connection is a game to encourage and explore connection.
This chatterbox game invites us to play and learn more about each other. One person operates the chatterbox, while the other takes a turn at choosing from its options to make their way to the centre of the folded paper which has activity ideas to choose from.
How to Use a Chatterbox:
- The Chatterbox operator holds the chatterbox on thumbs and fingers.
- The player chooses from the four outside sides,then the chatterbox operator spells out their choice while moving the parts of the chatterbox.
- The player chooses a number from the four inner numbers, then the chatterbox operator counts out the number, moving the chatterbox again.
- The player chooses a number again and the chatterbox operator opens out the flap with the chosen number on it.
- The player chooses from two activity prompts written beneath the chosen number.
- Swap and repeat. Different choices will lead to different activity options in the centre.
Thanks to the Australian Childhood Foundation for this great resource. You can visit their website for more activities and resources.
Winter Aquatic Therapy Sessions with Occupational Therapist
- Fridays 9am to 2pm (ongoing starting Friday 23 June 2023)
- One block in the holidays where participants can attend a session daily or just for one session one day
- Holiday dates available 4th July, 5th July and 6th July. Sessions run all day.
Limited spots available!
- Register today by emailing Paige@earlyconnections-pmh.org.au
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Early Connections adopts the Key Worker Model for early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years. This approach provides personalised support and resources for families who have children with developmental delays or disabilities.
NDIS National Disability Support Scheme
The NDIS Key Worker Model gives children with developmental delays and disabilities the best possible start in life. It is the best practice Early Childhood Intervention model identified by the NDIS to support families. If you are eligible for the NDIS and would like to access Early Connections education, therapy and support contact your local team.
A family centred approach
The Key Worker model is family centred, this means the family is listened to and leads all supports being provided to their child and family. Regular communication and sharing of information between the Key Worker and the family helps to ensure that the family is involved in decision-making and goal setting for your child.
The Key Worker is the primary point of contact between the family and the transdisciplinary team of early childhood professionals. They work with the family to develop goals and an individual plan for the child and they provide support and coaching to the family and other important people in the child’s life, to help the child learn and develop through their everyday activities.
Support in a child’s natural environment
The Key Worker also supports the child in their natural environment, whether it be at home, preschool or school, which is great because it ensures that the intervention is just a natural part of the child’s daily life. This is empowering for the family because they learn how to maximise everyday learning opportunities and advocate for their child’s needs. This ensures that the child is learning and developing through their everyday activities and routines, and that the intervention is included into their daily life. The Key Worker provides support and coaching to the family to maximise everyday learning opportunities and to promote the child’s development.
A personalised approach
One of the main benefits of the Key Worker Model is that it provides a personalised approach to early childhood intervention. The Key Worker works with the family to develop goals and an individual plan for the child, taking into consideration their unique strengths, challenges and interests. This personalised approach ensures that the child is receiving the most appropriate support and resources to meet their specific needs.
Skills to advocate for your child
In addition to supporting the child’s development, the Key Worker also works to empower the family by providing them with skills and knowledge to understand their rights and capacity to advocate for their child. This helps to ensure that the family is equipped to make informed decisions and to access the support and resources that their child needs.
Fourth-year allied health graduates are invited to apply to Early Connections Coffs Coast to join the New Graduate Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology new grads seeking mentorship and employment with a not for profit organisation.
Do you have a passion for early childhood intervention and working within a transdisciplinary team? We have a fantastic opportunity for the right people to join our organisation. If you are a New Graduate in Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology we want to hear from you.
Download the Expression of Interest for the New Graduate Program Recruitment. We wanted to give you all advanced notice that we are recruiting OT and SP positions for 2023.
Early Connections has a number of positions open for applications. The Early Connections Alliance has ongoing opportunities to join our wonderful highly experienced team.
If you’re looking for an exciting challenge, starting your career or searching for a seachange share your expression of interest with us today.
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At Early Connections you will experience:
- fantastic mentoring and learning opportunities from a transdisciplinary team of over 60 professionals
- a relaxed yet purpose-driven lifestyle on the Mid North Coast, NSW
- positive impactful relationships with families and children with disabilities
- early childhood intervention best practice and ongoing professional development
- flexible family-friendly work arrangements and salary packaging with above Award Conditions