Early Start Speech Pathology are known for running innovative, original, 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 our groups around the children’s current interests.
Please find our current table of groups planned for April 2022 School Holidays on the bottom of this page. Or Click Here to find the table.
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This one is for all the Harry Potter fans. In this group we will make potions, discuss how cool Hogwarts School of Witchcraft is, make our own wands and talk about our favourite characters. Whether you are team Gryffindor or team Hufflepuff, it doesn’t matter, join us for some fun. Kids will work on communication skills without even knowing it was a target.
Is a NEW group to Early Start Speech in 2022. Our clinic sits across the road from beautiful Lambton Park and it would be a shame not to use it! In this group we will need to get parents and carer’s permission to cross the road and work in the park. We will go for nature walks, complete some scavenger hunts, we can play a game of soccer together or have a play together on the great play equipment. Back at the clinic, we will discuss recycling and ways to keep our environment healthy and children will go home with their own potted plant to care for.
Is a very popular group at Early Start and we love running it each time. If your child LOVES all things MINECRAFT then this is the group for them. We will build worlds together, complete challenges 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 and fills fast. It’s great for those budding scientists that need a little hands on fun when it comes to talking social. 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, painting with puffy paint and working together. The children will learn about cause and effect, working as a team, following instructions, compromising and thoughts and feelings.
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!
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
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