Children & Families Groups

All children attending groups require pre-assessment with one of our health professionals before the groups commence.

School Readiness Program

The “School Readiness Group Program” is conducted in Term 4 at Carington Health. To be eligible, children must be current clients of the Carrington Health Children’s Service and be preparing to start school in the following year. Each group comprises of 6 – 8 children and parents attend with their children. The groups are conducted by experienced Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. The School Readiness Group aims to prepare children for starting school by developing their skills in listening, phonological awareness, turn-taking and fine motor skills through interactive games and craft activities.

Hanen Language Programs

Children learn the majority of their language skills in the first 5 years of their lives, when their brain development is most rapid, this results in children being more receptive to learning. To assist in their language development, CH runs Hanen; TARGET WORD LANG;PROGRAM; for children under 3 years of age who are ‘late talkers’.

Social Communications Skills Group

This program provides a small group of pre-schoolers with an opportunity to develop their social communication and language skills. It engages the participation of parents and consults with the participants’ kindergarten teachers.

Children accepted into this group will typically have difficulties interacting socially with their peers. They may be referred to the group by a kindergarten teacher, health professional or their own families. Prior to their admission to the group they will be assessed for suitability by our staff.

Other Group Programs

These programs are conducted periodically. Children need to be referred in and assessed by staff as suitable candidates before they can attend a group.

  • Speech OT Groups (SPOT)
  • Alert Program for Self-Regulation/ “How does your engine run”
  • “Tuning in to Kids “emotion coaching”
  • “Magic, 123 & emotion coaching”
  • Mother Goose
  • Positive Parenting Program PPP

Who can attend?

Services are available to children from birth to school entry (0-6 years) and their families, who work, live or study in the City of Whitehorse. We prioritise our services for people on low-medium incomes and holders of Health Care or Pension cards.

In addition, children can use these services if they:

  • Attend preschool or child care services within the City of Whitehorse
  • Have difficulties that are not complex / global / long term in nature but who would benefit from specific service (speech pathology, OT or psychology).

To join any of the groups offered for children as part of their care, all children must first be assessed by one of the health professionals within the Children’s service.

What does it cost?

For information about all fees and charges please visit Our Fees.

How do I make an appointment?

To make further enquiries about our services, please contact our Reception Team on 9890 2220, between 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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