Allied Health

SPARK offers centre based and school based assessment, intervention and education services for children and their families. Individual and group intervention and education services are available. Please click on the links below to see how one of our therapists may be able to assist you.

SPARK allied health services are private services and attract a private fee. The fee charged depends on the type of service provided. Additional fees may be incurred for travel if services are completed at an educational facility.

Rebates may be available through your private health fund or if the service is associated with an Allied Health Chronic Disease Management Plan organized by your GP; or a Helping Children with Autism or Better Start Medicare Plan organized through your child’s Paediatrician. Please contact us for further information regarding fees.

A GP referral is not required to access allied health services at SPARK. However, to access Medicare rebates for services a GP referral is required.

Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapists work with children if they are having difficulties achieving success at their occupational roles and skills. For a child these include: playing, enjoying and coping in their different environments (sensory processing), self-care skills, fine motor or gross motor skills and school skills. A paediatric occupational therapist will work with a child using different therapeutic activities to assist the child’s physical, developmental, academic and emotional skills.

Areas that occupational therapy can assist with at SPARK:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • School Readiness Skills
  • Handwriting
  • Play and social skills
  • Sensory Processing and emotional regulation
  • Attention and concentration
  • Organisational Skills
  • Positive Behaviour Management
  • Self-care skills
  • Toileting
  • Feeding and Mealtimes

Services Provided by OT at SPARK

  • Screening appointments for Kindy and Prep aged children
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Fine motor and school readiness group programs
  • School visits and therapy
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational talks for parents

Physiotherapy

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric physiotherapists work with children of varying ages from premature babies to adolescents to ensure optimal physical function and development. Paediatric physiotherapists are concerned with movement, co-ordination, posture and the cardiorespiratory system.

Areas that physiotherapy can assist with at SPARK:

  • Gross motor skills
  • School readiness skills
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Developmental delay
  • Low muscle tone
  • Postural concerns (idiopathic toe walking, torticollis, talipes, scoliosis, plagiocephaly)
  • Infant development
  • Physical fitness and obesity

Services Provided by Physiotherapy at SPARK

  • Screening appointments for Kindy and Prep aged children
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individual intervention sessions
  • Gross motor, skill development and physical fitness group programs
  • Infant developmental screening
  • Infant development parent groups
  • School visits and intervention
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational talks for parents

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-Language Pathologists specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of communication delays and disorders. This may include areas of speech sounds, understanding and using appropriate language, alternate forms of communication, social communication, literacy, and more. At SPARK, the speech pathologist will use a variety of therapies that are available to suit children’s individual communication needs.

Areas that speech pathology can assist with at SPARK:

  • Articulation and phonological (speech sounds) delays and disorders
  • Language delay and disorders
  • Verbal dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • School readiness and literacy
  • Stuttering
  • Support for communication difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Services Provided by Speech Pathology at SPARK

  • Screening appointments for Kindy and Prep aged children
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Literacy, language and school readiness group programs
  • School visits and therapy
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational talks for parents

Psychology

Psychology

Child psychologists work with children, adolescents and their families to diagnose and help resolve issues causing emotional or behavioral problems. They work with individual children to diagnose conditions and provide counseling and therapy. They may evaluate children for a variety of disorders, including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. They also evaluate children for developmental delays, signs of autism spectrum disorder and other problems that affect development. Additionally, psychologists may help children overcome abuse, trauma such as the death of a loved one, and other personal experiences that affect their mental and emotional health.

Services Provided by Psychology at SPARK

  • Behavioural interventions
  • Counseling
  • Social skill and self esteem groups
  • Comprehensive assessment of learning and behavioural difficulties
  • School visits and therapy
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational talks for parents
  • ATAPS
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