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Talking Matters offer a range of innovative programs that support and extend the standard clinical therapy sessions. As some skills are learned or consolidated best in a group environment, you are able to access a range of exciting group options for intensive intervention each school holiday period.  Groups help children learn from each other, in a motivating and highly relevant manner. Information about a range of programs offered at Talking Matters is provided below.

Intensive School Holiday Programs

The dates for the next scheduled intensive group programs are available below and you are able to apply for inclusion in these groups below now!   Numbers for these groups are limited and places are offered to children based on suitability following completion of the registration process. Please email your queries to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or speak to your Talking Matters professional.

Groups run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in school holidays. Sessions are run at Church 4 You, 3 Kirk Street, Elizabeth Park. Children must be available to attend all sessions to enrol.  

Times for each program are provided below.

 

Dates for the October Program:

3rd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 13th of October 2017.

* Sessions missed are not able to be funded by NDIA. Missed sessions will need to be funded by parents, as we are unable to cover the costs of providing the program unless all children are in attendance each week. 

Yoga for children - New!

These groups are a fun and practical way to build a range of skills in children.  Yoga for children is modified to target children's abilities at the various age groups.  It looks different to adult yoga in that it may be more highly activity and the poses may be taught through age appropriate games and activities. 

Yoga for children  October groups from 4.00pm to 5.00pm Download Yoga for children brochure here. 

Suitable for children who would benefit from:

    • Developing gross motor skills and coordination
    • Developing a better understanding of their bodies
    • Learning relaxation and anxiety management through yoga
    • Practicing social skills and working in a group

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $351.00 and includes 6 hours of intervention.

To register your interest in Yoga complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

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Me & My Emotions - New!

This new group is run by an occupational therapist and delivers the Zones of Regulation Program

Me & My Emotions  October groups from 3.30pm to 5.00pm Download Me & My Emotions brochure here.

Suitable for children who would benefit from:

    • Developing emotional regulation

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

To register your interest in Me & My Emotions complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

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Art Therapy Group - New!

Art Therapy is a new service offering at Talking Matters. Art is used for therapy to assist in communication feelings, thoughts and other life experiences.  Art therapy improves comprehension and communication, develops motor skills and assists in managing sensory issues.  Group art therapy will also increase emotional awareness and assist in developing social skills.  A range of different art mediums will be offered. 

Art Therapy group October groups from 12.30pm to 2.00pm Download Art Therapy Group brochure here. 

Suitable for children who would benefit from:

    • Developing comprehension and communication
    • Managing sensory issues
    • Enhancing motor skills
    • Using art to assist them with their therapy goals

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $526.50.00 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

To register your interest in Art Therapy complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

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School Readiness

The school readiness program will teach and practice the skills your chld needs to manage in the classroom. Groups of four to five children will be led by an allied health professional and at least one assistant. All students need good language skills, reasonable attention and behaviour, and to be attending or enrolled in mainstream schools.

School Readiness Group  October groups from 2.15pm to 3.45pm Download School Readiness brochure here

Suitable for children who would benefit from:

    • Following routines of a reception classroom
    • Developing pre-literacy skills needed for reading and writing
    • Developing language skills needed for the classroom
    • Sitting, listening and answering questions in a group setting

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

To register your interest in School Readiness complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

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Social Skills Programs 

Social skills programs provide social skill learning opportunities in small groups. Groups of four to five children will be led by an allied health professional and at least one assistant. All students need good language skills, reasonable attention and behaviour, and to be attending mainstream schools.

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Groups focus on teaching and practicing the following skills with age appropriate activities: 

  • making and keeping friends
  • managing emotions and dealing appropriately with feelings, anxiety, worry and isolation
  • recognising social cues and managing reactions to losing games or things not going their way
  • meeting people and exiting interactions appropriately

Junior "What's the Buzz?"  Oct groups at 8.30am to 10.00 amDownload Junior What's the Buzz brochure here. 

The cost of this group is $585 plus purchase of the purple What's the Buzz book at approximately $85 is recommended. This cost includes 9 hours of group time, plus 1 hour parent session.

To register your interest in Junior What's the Buzz complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

 

Senior " What's the Buzz?" Oct groups at 10.15am to 12.15 pm Download Senior What's the Buzz brochure here.

The cost of this group is $760.50 plus purchase of the yellow What's the Buzz book at approximately $85 is recommended. This cost includes 12 hours of group time plus 1 hour parent session.

To register your interest in Senior What's the Buzz complete the information on this link, or contact our office.

 

High School Social Skills Program Speak to us about future group opportunities Download High School Social Skills brochure here.

The cost of this group is $760.50 plus purchase of the What's the Buzz book is recommended but this group also uses some other resources suitable for older children. This cost includes 12 hours of group time, plus one hour parent session. 

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Food School for Fussy Eaters

Food school is a fun way for fussy and problem eaters to explore and learn about new foods. These groups are led by clinicians who have completed SOS feeding training. There are groups for are range of ages running in both the October 2016 and January 2017 holidays. To participate in the group children need to be able to sit at a small table, sit with others, follow simple instructions and imitate models.

Junior Food School Oct groups at 1.00pm to 2.00pm Download Food School brochure here.

This group is for preschool and reception students. 

To register your interest in Junior Food School complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

 

Senior Food School Oct groups at 2.15pm to 3.15pm Download Food School brochure here.

This program is designed for school aged children who are experiencing food difficulties.

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To register your interest in Senior Food School complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

 

Food Science Oct groups at 2.15pm to 3.15pm Download Food School brochure here.

This program is for students in year 4 or above at school. 

To register your interest in Food Science complete the information at this link, or contact our office.

 

Suitable for children who have difficulties with:

    • chewing or moving food around in the mouth, exploring, or trying new foods
    • taking long times to complete small meals, having a restricted diet
    • having sensory preferences towards / away from certain foods 

Cost of Food School groups are $687.45 each and includes 6 hours of groups with children, and 2 hours of parent groups, plus a 45 minute individual intake session. $25 for food is payable by parents prior to group starting.

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

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Self Care Skills

Self care skills such as dressing and grooming can be challenging for many children. These groups are led by an occupaitonal therapist and focus on children's individual needs in relation to developing independence with dressing, doing up buttons, zips and shoelaces, washing hands and face, brushing teeth and hair. To participate in the group children need to be aged over four years, participate in a group with other children, follow simple instructions and imitate models.

Self Care Skills Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Self Care brochure here.

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Suitable for children who have difficulties with:

    • putting tops and pants on correctly, doing up buttons, zips or shoelaces
    • washing hands and faces, brushing teeth and hair

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

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Motor Skills

Both fine and gross motor skillscan be challenging for many children and are important for peer relationships and success at school. These groups are led by an occupational therapist and focus on developing children's fine and gross motor skills including balance, movement and ball skills as well as eye hand coordination, tool use and prewriting skills. To participate in the group children need to be aged over four years, participate in a group with other children, follow simple instructions and imitate models.

Motor Skills Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Motor Skills brochure here.

Suitable for children who have difficulties with:

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    • putting tops and pants on correctly, doing up buttons, zips or shoelaces
    • washing hands and faces, brushing teeth and hair

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

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Language and Literacy

Difficulties with learning literacy are common in children with speech, language and developmental issues. Literacy impacts on all other aspects of learning at school and intervention in the early years has been shown to be effective in reducing long term impact. This group aims to teach foundation language and literacy skills to children in reception and year one who are not progressing as quickly as their peers.

Language and Literacy Skills Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Language and Literacy brochure here.

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Suitable for children who have difficulties with:

    • learning early reading, writing and spelling skills
    • developing phonological awareness skills such as identifying, segmenting and blending sounds in words

Further information about this group is available by talking to your Talking Matters therapist, or contacting our front office.

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

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Play Skills

This small group program has been developed for preschool aged children who can speak in sentences and are showing an interest in other children. The group will consist of either four children with their parents a

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nd one of the health professionals, or eight children and their parents, an OT, a speech pathologist and assistants. Contact us to register your interest in future programs

Playskills Group Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Playskills brochure here.

  • learning to play, take turns and share toys with other children
  • learning to communicate with peers
  • practicing completing activities in a group setting,
  • developing pretend play skills

The cost of this group is $526.50 and includes 9 hours of intervention.

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Handwriting and Typing Skills

Difficulty with handwriting can lead to avoidance of writing tasks and trouble communicating knowledge at school. Supporting your children to master handwriting foundation skills early will support their self-esteem, confidence, motivation and academic achievement.

Skills taught include:

  • pencil grasp (if appropriate), letter fomation, placement and spacing of letters and words on a pageIMG 6261

Junior Handwriting Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Handwriting brochure here. 

This group has been develop to assist school aged children aged 5 to 7 years. The cost of this group is $550.50 including book of exercises and 9 hours of group work. 

Senior Handwriting Speak to us about future group opportunities  Download Handwriting brochure.

For children aged 8 years and over in mainstream schools. The cost of this group is $550.50 including book of exercises and 9 hours of group work. 

Touch Typing   Speak to us about future group opportunities Download Touch Typing brochure.

This group is useful for students who have difficulty producing legible handwriting quickly enough to show their knowledge. Students will need to bring their own laptops with specific software downloaded prior to the groups.  Purchase cost of the software is approximately$30.00 which is funded by parents separately to the group costs.  A link will be provided to families who are accepted for the program.

The group focuses on:

  • developing proficiency in touch typing for high school students including correct hand positioning, speed and accuracy.

The cost of this group is $351.00 plus purchase of software to be downloaded prior to group at cost of approximately $30.00. Group includes 6 hours of contact. 

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