Early Start Speech Pathology are known throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie for running innovative, supportive and inclusive groups for children with social challenges. Our groups are created and run by our qualified Speech Pathologists.
We are always thinking of new ideas and new ways to engage the children and base the groups around the children’s current interests.
All of our group programs are evidence-based and use the latest research to support the children’s learning and participation.
MINECRAFT SOCIAL BUILDERS
Is our newest group and we are so excited about it. If your child LOVES all things MINECRAFT then this is the group for them. We will build worlds together and we will build friendships together. The children will work on their communication skills, working as a team, sharing imagination and ideas, listening and being part of a group. A safe, fun space to build all things social.
Ages 6 +
Are the latest craze to hit our shores and we are sharing the fun at Early Start Speech Pathology. Can you work as a team to crack the code? As the kids are busy figuring out the code to the ESCAPE ROOM, they won’t even realise that they are working on their communication, problem-solving, negotiation, lateral and abstract thinking, reasoning and team skills. We are so excited by this new program and can’t wait to crack the code with our owls.
Ages 6 + & Ages 10 +
Adventure awaits in our SOCIAL SUPERHEROES group as they use their social superpowers to defeat unexpected behaviours. The children will learn about what superpowers they already possess when it comes to identifying social situations. They will explore concepts such as fake friends and examine social nuances. They will engage in play and structured activities, including creating their own superpower shield.
Ages 5 +
Is one of our most popular group, every time! It’s great for those budding scientists that need a little bit of science when it comes to social skills. The children will be having way too much fun to even realise that they are practising their social skills. We will be creating slime, marshmallow catapults and other fun stuff. The children will learn about cause and effect, working as a team, following instructions, thoughts and feelings, turn-taking and joint attention. We are going to have so much fun with this group!
Ages 6 +
Is a great group for our teens to get together and connect about the real issues that are happening in their lives. Our speech pathologists work with them to build their social communication skills and social awareness. We love hearing the laughter coming from the teen group!
CODING FOR KIDS
Is a NEW group to Early Start Speech. Why coding you ask? Well, coding is like language. It’s giving the computer a set of instructions to follow. We need to be really clear in our communication to get the computer to do what we want, just like we need to be clear in our intentions and communications when it comes to our social world. We will be using the latest technologies in this group to keep the kids engaged. Lots of fun and 100% interests based. Come and CODE today!
Pokemon is close to our hearts at Early Start. Some of our therapists are major fans of Pokemon. When children have a common interest it’s a great platform for communication. That’s why we base our groups on the latest craze or interest. We will use the children’s common interest and passion for Pokemon to help develop their social communication skills. We will help the children learn about being part of a group, listening to each other and encourage them to work together. We will be coming up with our own battles and our own new Pokemons to share with the group. Are you ready to battle?
Our Girl’s Rule Social Club has been created due to a need within the community to support girls with social challenges. Girls with social challenges can often present differently to boys with social challenges. Research has shown that girls with social challenges can often withdraw from peers and are at risk of emotional distress. Early Start Speech Pathology’s Girls Rule Social Club is a safe and supportive environment for the girls to learn and develop their understanding and participation in the social world.
LEGO SOCIAL CLUB
Our Lego Social Clubs have been running each school holidays for a several years now. They are great fun and the children are always asking to come back. The groups are based on a social development program, LEGO Therapy. The children assume different roles to work as a team to build a LEGO creation. There’s lots of scheduled free play too, so the children can develop friendships and practice all the social skills they have been learning in their individual sessions.
This may just be the group for you. This is a new group to our group program. The HOLIDAY HANG group will be a chilled-out group that focuses on all things social. Come and make some new friends, and play some games. This group is suitable for all ages and the children will be grouped according to their age and ability.
Is your child starting big school next year? Then our SCHOOL READINESS GROUP is perfect! Early Start Speech Pathology are very excited to join forces once again with the team at Ability Focus Occupational Therapy, after all, what’s school readiness without a focus on fine and gross motor skills?
The SP & OT SCHOOL READINESS Group will focus on:
Early literacy skills
Fine motor – drawing, writing, cutting
Opening packets and lunch boxes
Being part of a group