My Week as a Therapist

High-school student, Isabella Camilleri, wanted to spend her week of work-experience with children, not adults. Below Isabella tells us about her time at the Aspire office, and a few of the lessons she learnt from both the Aspire therapists, and kids!

Last week I completed work experience at the Aspire office and it turned out to be much more than just a nice break from school. I chose to complete my work experience at Aspire because I was inspired by my brother’s therapists and wanted to learn more about the work they complete and the resources they use in their sessions. During my work experience, I sat in with some of these therapists and their clients during sessions and also made resources for the office staff to use.

During the sessions, I observed how the therapists use reinforcement and educational activities to fulfill the requirements of the client’s individual programs. The programs for each child are catered to their specific needs, which conform to the idea that even though most children have been diagnosed with Autism, each child is unique in their own way in terms of their reinforcement and language and learning patterns.

The resources I made included PECS and WECS books, which stand for Picture/Word Exchange Communication System respectively. These resources are used for communication by children who use minimal or no language, so that they can develop their communication skills further.

Overall, I had an enjoyable experience working in the office, especially when making resources for the clients of the office. I would like to thank all of the Aspire staff for accommodating me this week.

 

Sign up today for term 4 social skills!

 

Big Heroes Social Club

Don’t miss out on our next social skills group.

With term four less than a month away make sure you secure your spot in our last Big Heroes Social Club for the year. The first session will be on Saturday 10 October and will run each week for the ten weeks of the school term. 

At the moment there are only a few spots available in each of the groups.

What is a social skills group?

Our small social skills groups are a perfect chance for children to develop and practice their social skills at different levels through a variety of fun-filled games, crafts, music and role-play activities, as well as setting personal goals for each child. Additionally, parents will receive a brief evaluation after each session with possible targets to develop at home and at school.

New fun and wonderful themes will be introduced each week to help your child improve their social confidence in a supportive play-based group environment. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

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Where does my child fit in?

Morning Builders – Saturdays 10am- 12pm

A structured peer group environment ideal for our advanced learners, that will focus on targets such as perspective taking, theory of mind, advanced conversation skills, executive functioning skills (e.g. task topic shifting), advanced social skills (e.g. body orientation, eye contact) and social dynamic play.

Afternoon Explorers Saturdays 12.30pm- 2.30pm

A highly structured peer group environment for our intermediate learners to advance and master targets such as requests from peers, turn taking, participating in group activities, executive functioning skills (e.g. switching attention, transitioning), skills based activities (e.g. fine motor skills, crafts) and functional pretend play.

How do I get involved?

Initially, we conduct an interview, generally over the phone, giving you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns, as well as giving us the opportunity to assess your child’s needs. Fees for the Big Heroes Social Club can be deducted from FaCHSIA/ NDIS Funding.                                                            

If you are interested please contact the office for more details on (02) 9648 4442 or email at info@aspireearlyintervention.com.

 

Aspire Spring Newsletter

There’s always plenty going on at Aspire, especially now that we have a such a wonderful centre with FIVE clinic rooms.

If you want to keep up to date or hear about the latest news, have a read of our Spring Newsletter via the link below.

Aspire Spring Newsletter