Programs

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Occupational Therapy 


Occupational Therapy is concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement

 

Occupational Therapy services available at Synergy Learning and Therapy 

  • Activities of daily living (e.g. toileting, showering, eating, grooming, dressing)

  • School based skills - listening and following instructions, task completion, following routine/schedules, reading (letter recognition or visual perception), and writing skills

  • Motor skills - fine motor or gross motor and what these skills impact (e.g. cutlery use, holding pencil, tying shoelaces)

  • Sensory regulation and processing 

  • Working memory and organisation/problem solving and planning

  • Interaction and play skills

  • Social and coping skills (some overlap with psychology)

 

Individual or multidisciplinary sessions provided as needed. School visits by negotiation. Can assist with the acquisition of moto, school-based, play, social and/or visual perception skills. Also assist children to develop skills needed for activities of daily living such as toileting and dressing, as well as sensory regulation. 

Speech Pathology 

Speech pathology involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Communication therapy aims to increase the individual's participation in the activities of daily living, while swallowing therapy sims to increase the client's safety and comfort during eating and drinking. 


Speech Pathology services available at Synergy Learning and Therapy 

  • Speech Development (saying sounds)

  • Language development (understanding and using words)

  • Pragmatic communication (social skills and social communication)

  • Stuttering

  • Voice

  • Literacy

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC - nonverbal methods of communication such as sign and speech generating technologies)

  • Communications therapies for children with special needs (e.g. ASD, hearing impairment, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft palate).

  • Feeding and swallowing*

*when completed in collaboration with other providers

 

Psychology

 

Psychology can assist in a range of different areas. Areas include supporting children and families in most areas of school and home environment such as anxiety, depression, resilience, bullying, disability, learning difficulties and behaviour management. 

Music Therapy 

 

What is Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a research-based practice where music is used to actively support individuals in improving their health, functioning and wellbeing. Music therapy is suitable for individuals of all ages, levels of functioning and musical abilities. For children with learning difficulties and special needs, music can be use to enhance and develop self-esteem and confidence, self-expression, communication, sensory-motor skills and peer socialization. Music therapists have graduated from a Masters of Music Therapy course and are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association. 

 

How Music Therapy helps

Music therapy can be used to improve a number of areas of a child's development and functioning. Children can learn important concepts and skills such as:

  • Improved cognition and language 

  • Increased speech and communication

  • Gross and motor skills

  • Social skills and great self-confidence

  • Improved self-regulation and control

Most importantly, music therapy is an appealing medium for children to engage with whilst working on these skills. Each session is designed specifically to suit the individual's needs and progress. 

 

What Music Therapy Involves

Music therapy sessions may involve a number of therapeutic interventions such as singing, instrumental play, musical games, song writing or improvisation. Sessions may be run for individual clients, or family and peer groups. Unlike  music education and entertainment, music therapy is focused on improving an individual's health, functioning and well being. A non-musical, therapeutic need is the main reason for referral. The music therapist will assess individuals during the first 1-2 sessions, with the therapist and other allied health professionals working together to design a program and goals specific to the child. 

 

Social Skills Workshop

 

This workshop will support your child to develop strategies to be successful in their social interactions. Often social skills are challenging for a child to generalise in the real world.  In groups of six (6) children maximum, give your child a chance to practice with the support of an Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist.

 

Sessions will cover basics such as:

 

  • Eye contact, greeting, sharing, asking to play and basic social skills but will extend to higher level social skills such as

  • Negotiating play interests,

  • Working together,

  • Recognising nonverbal body language

  • Managing teasing or sarcasm.

 

Ongoing social topics requested by parents and/or teachers. Children will attend sessions with those of similar ages, interests or ability levels.

 

These social skills run during the school terms.  

School Screenings

Purpose:

The purpose of the screening is to review your child’s school readiness for Prep or Kindy learning, school skills, literacy and numeracy tasks. This screening will include;

Speech Pathology

  • Speech production

  • Comprehension

  • Expressing themselves

  • Observation of stuttering or other communication concerns

 Occupational Therapy

  • Early Writing skills

  • Fine motor skills and early tool use

  • Attention and task completion

  • Academic knowledge

Therapy Blitz Program 

 

We offer our therapy blitz program during the school holidays. The therapy blitz program delivers therapy based programs surrounding a specific theme, such as circus, underwater, dinosaurs, superheros etc. The blitz program assists with social skills, handwriting skills, cutting skills, oral language and many other skills. This program is delivered by an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist and on most occassions Music Therapist. 

 

SOS Feeding

 

SOS Feeding is "Sequential Oral Sensory" approach to feeding therapy that utilise a systematic approach to address both the sensory processing and the oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wise variety of food groups and textures. If meal times are a struggle in your house, speak with Emily, one of our Speech Pathologist for more information. 

 

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