Partners in Communication is a consortium consisting of highly skilled and experienced practitioners who have:
- sound knowledge and understanding of the core characteristics of children with a range of developmental disabilities including ASD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Vision and Hearing Impairment;
- the expertise and tools to assess a child's developmental needs;
- experience in designing and evaluating programs;
- experience and expertise in a range of intervention services;
- experience with a multidisciplinary approach;
- understanding of the community networks necessary for a family supporting a child with specific needs;
- an ability to support the family through their journey.
We support children, their families and teachers to improve outcomes across all aspects of living and learning. We offer assessment and intervention in the following areas:
- speech and language skills,
- assistive communication devices,
- feeding difficulties,
- motor, functional and play skills necessary for play development and pre- kinder and school learning,
- sensory processing challenges,
- social communication intervention,
- behavioural difficulties,
- specific learning difficulties
Our practitioners are trained in a variety of intervention programs, some of which include:
EARLY START DENVER MODEL - The ESDM seeks to support the ability of children with
an ASD to engage and interact with others to increase their learning opportunities.
HANEN – It Takes Two to Talk
HANEN – More Than Words (specifically for children on the autism spectrum)
HANEN - Talkability
FLOORTIME – Autism Specific learning and development program
PODD – Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display
PECS – Picture Exchange System
PROMPT – for children with severe articulation difficulties
MAKATON – signing system
TEACCH – Autism Specifc learning and development program
SAS - Secret Agent Society. A social skills program for children between 8-12 years.
SOCIAL THINKING – Strategies developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to support children with social cognition challenges.
VERBAL MOTOR LEARNING - The VML method uses manual techniques, motor learning principles and considers the development of each child in order to teach speech.
We have links and common clients with many of the providers of ABA therapy programs so this aspect of an intervention package is supported if parents choose to incorporate this into their child’s program.
Our team members work in a number of geographical locations and we make that important link between the clinic and the community thus observing and/or working with children in the location that best meets their needs.
Therefore we consult at our various clinics, the child’s home, childcare, kinder or school.
We maintain a strong multidisciplinary focus, and therefore are committed to communication between the various professionals involved in a child’s team.