©2019 by Little Hands OT

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SCHOOL PREPARATION GROUP

Preschool or Kindergarten entry

This group aims to be a ‘test run’ for children that are about to enter Pre-School or Kindergarten. The skills required to successfully enter school will be practised in a group environment and possible areas of concern can be addressed to ensure the transition to school is as smooth as possible.

BOYS CLUB

Teenage boys > 9 years

The aim of this group is to support the boys in increasing their skills of independence, social skills and hand skills.

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GIRLS CLUB

Teenage girls > 8 years

This group aims to provide an opportunity for girls aged 8 and above to practice their social skills while creating something together.

MEALTIME GROUP

Fussy eaters

This group provides support for children that have a limited diet and trouble exploring new foods.

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PARENT LEARN TO PLAY

Parent group

The 'Parent Learn to Play' group is designed to provide information and knowledge about play and practical information about how parents can facilitate play-ability
with their own child.

ALL ABILITY DANCE PROGRAM

4-8 year old kids

This school holiday program is using the medium of music and dance to practice movement, self-care and social skills.

 

SCHOOL PREPARATION GROUP

Pre-school and Kindergarten Preparation

Little Hands Occupational Therapy and Step Together Physiotherapy join forces each year to host this group which aims to be a ‘test run’ for children that are about to enter Pre-School or Kindergarten. The skills required to successfully enter school will be practiced in a group environment and possible areas of concern can be addressed to ensure the transition to school is as smooth as possible.


The group includes fine motor and gross motor activities to give your children skills to aid their confidence and competence needed to be able to learn and thrive.

This group runs in term 4 of each year.

If you have any further questions or would like your child to participate, please speak to your therapist to determine suitability or send an email.

 
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ALL ABILITY DANCE PROGRAM

School Holiday Program

Step Together Physiotherapy and Little Hands Occupational Therapy have combined to develop and deliver this school holiday program. 


This group uses the medium of dance to enable children of all abilities to express themselves creatively through dance. Apart from rhythmic and movement skills, the therapists will support children in developing a wide range of skills, including dressing, mealtime and social skills.

This is a great way to practice school and life skills during the holidays in a fun and motivating environment!


The primary goal for the program includes:

  • Dance, creative expression

  • Co-ordination and rhythmic skills

  • Self-care skills, including dressing up, mealtime preparation and lunchbox management.

  • Social skills such as turn-taking following a group routine and participating in the group context.

 

This group runs during school holidays based on expressions of interest.

Please speak to your therapist if you would like your child to attend or send us an email. 

 
 
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PARENT LEARN TO PLAY GROUP

Parent education

The Parent Learn to Play Course is designed for parents who have a child with issues in their development, particularly the ability to engage in play by themselves or with other children. The child needs to have a developmental age of 12 months and have at least one meaningful word or gesture.

 

The group will provide you with the knowledge regarding the different aspects of play, the succession in which they develop and how to support your child in reaching the next step in their development. 

 

The group is based on Karen Stagnitti’s ‘Parent Learn to Play’ - Program. The aim is to create a relaxed and fun environment in which we provide you with resources and practical exercises to enable you to support your children in reaching their potential.

 

The group runs approximately once a year based on the expression of interest. 

 

BOYS CLUB

Social Skills / Cooking Group

This group is intended for boys 9 years and above.

 

The aim of the group is to develop skills of independence, social skills and hand skills as well as increase exposure to new foods, food handling and use of appliances/kitchen tools while learning
how to follow written instructions. Additional skills are group interaction, mealtime etiquette and conversational skills.

 

The group runs every second term and spaces are limited. 

 

If you have any further questions or would like your child to participate, please speak to our
therapists or send us an email.


 

 

GIRLS CLUB

Social Skills Group

This group aims to provide an opportunity for girls aged 8 and above to practice their social skills while creating something together. Additionally, skills of independence, hand skills and conversational skills will be practised within the setting of this group.

 

This group runs every second term and spaces are limited.

 

If you have any further questions or would like your child to participate, please speak to our
therapists or send us an email.

 
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MEALTIME GROUP

This group provides support for children that have a limited diet and have trouble exploring new foods.

 

The mealtime group uses a combined therapeutic approach to assist your child to develop age appropriate oral motor skills (chewing and biting skills, the ability to move food around their mouth with their tongue) as well as cope with oral defensiveness (learn to tolerate foods they do not currently eat).

 

The group uses play as the core mode of intervention with the children encouraged to interact with
the food in a fun way. Children are not forced to engage with any food they are not comfortable
with but encouraged to push their boundaries and tolerance levels in a fun and social way. The
benefit of a group environment for this type of intervention is significant, with children often observed to try foods in a different way than they normally would as they see the food safely being engaged with by their peers. 

 

This group runs once or twice a year depending on expression of interest.

 

If you have any further questions or would like your child to participate, please speak to your therapist to determine suitability or send us an email.