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April 2022 School Holiday Program

Village Therapy - School Holiday Program

Our school holiday programs are a great way to have fun and make friends, while building important skills!

We’re planning some great things for our April School Holiday Program, including some fresh new groups! Running in the first week of the April school holidays (11th to the 14th of April), all of these programs will be run face-to-face in our clinic, so your children gets the full benefit of working with others.

From an animal themed group, a group promoting the power of teamwork, to learning to ride a bike, as well as Music Therapy groups, these group programs will offer so many ways to engage with your child and help them achieve their therapy goals.

Please respond by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest!


Our April School Holiday Programs:

1. General School Holiday Program - Animal Theme

Village Therapy - Animal School Holiday Program

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We've successfully run our school holiday program throughout 2021. It focusses on playing together, sharing and taking turns, teamwork and being a good sport, fine & gross motor skills, and, making friends & having fun! This has been very well received and we will offer this again in April 2022, where all activities will have the theme of animals.

Activities will include games, craft, stories and snack time, providing lots of opportunities to practice social, language and occupational skills with support and strategies provided by our therapists in an environment that is similar to your child’s everyday life. And because the focus is FUN, your child will love coming!

The format for the program is 3 x 90 minute sessions, with one session each day. We plan to run groups of up to six participants, facilitated by a Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist (or both).

The cost of this program is $495 which includes individualised feedback on completion of the program. It will be run on Tues 12th, Wed 13th and Thurs 14th April at 9am and is suitable for Pre-school and Prep age groups (traditionally 4-5 years).

Click here by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest. Please fill out a separate form for each child.

2. General School Holiday Program - Teamwork Theme

General School Holiday Program

General School Holiday Program

This group, a fresh variation of  our popular school holiday program focusses on playing together, sharing and taking turns, teamwork and being a good sport, fine and gross motor skills, and, making friends & having fun! This has been very well received and we will offer this again in April 2022, this time with the theme of teamwork, which will be the focus of all the activities.

Activities will include games, craft, stories and snack time, providing lots of opportunities to practice social, language and occupational skills with support and strategies provided by our therapists in an environment that is similar to your child’s everyday life. And because the focus is FUN, your child will love coming!

The format for the program is 3 x 90 minute sessions, with one session each day. We plan to run groups of up to six participants, facilitated by a Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist (or both).

The cost of this program is $495 which includes individualised feedback on completion of the program. It will be run on Mon 11th, Tues 12th and Wed 13th April at 11am and is suitable for Grade 1 and 2 age groups (traditionally 6-7 years).

Click here by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest. Please fill out a separate form for each child.

3. General School Holiday Program - Minecraft Theme

Minecraft

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Minecraft is a great game for developing thinking skills such as planning, problem-solving and negotiation, all the while having fun with other people online. This school holiday program takes the theme of Minecraft into the realm of face to face. We'll be using the ideas of Minecraft to engage the children in activities that further increase these skills.

The group will work on areas such as playing and working together towards a shared outcome, planning & organisational skills, practicing skills for school participation such as fine motor skills, and making friends & having fun!. Please note this program will not involve any in-game or screen activities.

The format for the program is 3 x 90 minute sessions, with one session each day. We plan to run groups of up to six participants, facilitated by a Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist (or both).

The cost of this program is $495  which includes individualised feedback on completion of the program. It will be run on Mon 11, Tues 12 and Wed 13 April at 2pm and is designed for children Grade 3 and older (traditionally 8-11 years).

Click here by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest. Please fill out a separate form for each child.

4. Music Therapy Program

Music Therapy Groups

Music Therapy Groups

Music Therapy is such a powerful therapy; it can help with emotional regulation, turn-taking, verbal output, confidence in social settings, participation with others - and it's a lot of fun too! 

This program aims to provide children with a creative space to participate in music-based activities. These activities will be designed for children to practice social & communication skills, self expression, Emotional Regulation, fine & gross motor skills, and building friendships.
Children will also be encouraged to safely try new musical activities like playing instruments, as well as creating and moving to music.

The format for each program is 3 x 60 minute sessions, with one session each day. We plan to run groups of up to six participants, and each group will be facilitated by two Registered Music Therapists.

The cost of this program is $375 which includes individualised feedback on completion of the program. It will be run on:

  • Pre-school and Prep (traditionally aged 4-5 years): Mon 11th, Tues 12th and Thurs 14 April at 11am
  • Grade 3 to Grade 6 (traditionally aged 8-11 years): Mon 11th, Tues 12th and Thurs 14 April at 2pm

Click here by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest. Please fill out a separate form for each child.

5. Learning to Ride a Bike

Learn to Ride a Bike

Photo by Amber Faust on Unsplash

This program is aimed at children from Grade 1 to Grade 6 (traditionally aged 6-11 years).

It focusses on a range of skills needed to participate in a group and support your child to ride a bike. These include getting to know one another and discussing what is involved when riding a bike. We will practice getting our bodies ready to ride a bike, with activities that engage the core muscles ready for balancing.

When the children are ready, we will practice riding a bike with a gradual approach. Our aim is to help children develop the confidence and skills that will enable them to keep learning to ride a bike. This program provides the children with the opportunity to play and work as a group, while also providing chances for individual self-achievement.

This program is designed for you and your child to work together so parental involvement is a must!

Each child will need to bring a bike in good working order (with training wheels, if required) and a helmet, and a parent / guardian will be required to attend and support their child to participate in every session of the program.

The format for this is 3 x 90 minute sessions, with one session each day. The group will be a mixture of fun indoor and outdoor activities with members of our clinical team guiding your child. The group 

The cost of this program is $495 which includes individualised feedback on completion of the program. It will be run on Tues 12th, Wed 13th and Thurs 14th April at 9am

Click here by Monday the 21st of March to register your interest. Please fill out a separate form for each child.


General information:

Each program lasts three days and participation in all 3 days is required. 



Payment and funding

Private clients are welcome. Please check with your Private Health Fund regarding rebates for group programs. NDIS self-managed and plan managed clients may be able to participate in this program using their NDIS funding. If you are unsure whether you can use your child’s NDIS funds, please consult your LAC. Village Therapy is not able to make decisions about the use of NDIS funds. Medicare rebates do not apply to this program.

 

Next steps

Please respond by Monday the 21st of March. We will consider all responses and will do our best to offer you a place in our programs. To accept, we may ask you to pay a deposit to secure your child’s place. We can’t guarantee that all groups will run – this will depend on the number of participants that register interest. 

 

Important information re cancellations:

Groups take a lot of time to plan and organise. We know how valuable they are to families, so we make the commitment to offer groups when we can. However, we can only afford to run them with strict guidelines in place around cancellations and non-attendance. Please read the following information carefully, before paying to register your child. We would love to be able to offer refunds for unexpected illness etc, but to do this results in groups losing money. In order to be able to continue offering groups, we need to apply the following attendance policy.

  • Reimbursements are not available if your child does not attend a session. As social interaction is a focus of the program, we rely on all children attending each session. Please only sign up if you are available for every session. 
  • If your child is sick on the day, you will be provided with information to enable you to complete a range of activities at home, targeting some of the goals of the group. Refunds are not available.
  • If your availability changes after you have committed to the group, please let us know at least one week in advance of the first session. No refunds will be given after this time unless another child can be allocated to the space. If another child can fill the space, your fee will be refunded, minus a $40 administration fee.
  • Sometimes children are not able to participate appropriately in the group, despite their best efforts. Should this happen, we may be better able to support your family by discontinuing your child’s participation in the group program and spending some time working with you to give you some suggestions on how to target particular areas at home.