The School Readiness Program is for children with social difficulties, anxiety in social situations or mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder who are starting Prep! This program targets several areas to prepare a child for the transition to formal schooling, including social skills training as well as activities specific to a classroom such as listening skills, task completion, coping with changes and problem solving.
In comparison to our Social Skills Program and Builders Club which are 45 minute programs over 8 weeks, our School Readiness Program runs for 6-8 sessions with each individual session being 2 hours.
The kids love attending this program as we make learning fun!
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Will My Child Benefit From A School Readiness Program?
The program is facilitated by 2 practitioners – child psychologist, speech pathologist or occupational therapist and provides children the opportunity to develop their play, social and emotional skills in a fun and engaging environment. The group is tailored to support each child’s individual goals.
Children will be supported to:
- Asking for help
- Be flexible with play ideas
- Initiate and sustain play with peers
- Identify emotions
- Expressing emotions
- Follow routines
- Greet peers
- Listening skills
- Play cooperatively with peers
- Problem solve
- Task completion
- Understand friendships
- Understand other people’s perspective
- What to do at recess
- Work at the table
- Work in a group
There are three options for our School Readiness Programs. There is one program that runs for 8 weeks during Term 4 2017 and two programs that run over 2 weeks in January 2018.
Term 4 2017 Program Dates
- Friday’s 10:30am – 12:30pm registrations are closed - 8 weeks: Friday 20th October 2017 – Friday 8th December 2017
January 2018 Program Dates
- 2 weeks on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 10:30am – 12:30pm registrations are closed!
- Wednesday 10th January 2018
- Thursday 11th January 2018
- Friday 12th January 2018
- Wednesday 17th January 2018
- Thursday 18th January 2018
- Friday 19th January 2018
How Does My Child Join The School Readiness Program?
Think your child might benefit from joining our School Readiness Program?
1. Call us today to discuss your interest in the School Readiness Program on 03 9702 4447.
You don’t need a referral from a GP – call us for a chat and we’ll be able to assess whether your child may benefit from joining our School Readiness Program.
2. Meet with one of our team for a pre-program planning appointment.
A pre-program appointment is booked in with a psychologist, speech pathologist or occupational therapist. During the pre-program appointment, we will meet with you and your child to get a sense of the areas that your child needs support as well as their strengths. Based on your child’s individual needs, we set specific goals that will be targeted in group. We also get to know your child so that they feel comfortable coming into group.
3. Your child participates in the School Readiness Program.
Our School Readiness Program is fun and engaging and kids love the activities! Parents do not attend the group sessions, but can either wait in the reception area or go for a coffee and come back towards the end of the group. After each group, you will receive an update from the facilitators about what was covered and things that you and your child can work on at home.
At the end of the program, all parents will receive a transition to school pack which will include resources that will support your child at school.
You can also choose for us to develop a formal report with recommendations for your child’s teacher and this can be provided to you at the end of the program.