Schools and early learning centres

Therapy support services for schools, kindys and early learning centres including screening programs, therapy support and education to help children improve participation and reach their full potential.

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Therapy support in schools to help children reach their full potential

Often, the place where support is needed most is not in the clinic setting. Our therapists can deliver therapy supports where they are needed, including in the classroom or school setting.

Working in different settings is important as it means we can help children learn and use their developing skills in their everyday environments.

Our therapists can observe children in their classroom environment, working with the child, family, and educators to develop strategies that improve participation at school.

We can also provide screening programs at kindergartens and schools, support educator’s professional development as well as provide parent education sessions.

To learn more contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.

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Screening of kindergarten, pre-primary or year 1 classes

Early Start Australia can provide Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services in the school setting.

We can screen whole classes or just a few children for whom the teacher holds concerns. The areas screened include articulation (speech sounds), comprehension, expressive language, narrative and phonological awareness.

The consultation includes collation and analysis of data for teachers and the write-up of individualised parent feedback letters.

Weekly or fortnightly visits to schools or education support centres can consist of:

Feedback and activities are passed on to teaching staff and/or parents. Teachers and Education Assistants (EAs) are invited to observe. They are encouraged to learn the strategies to teach certain speech/language related goals. These sessions may be funded by the school or by the parents of those children being treated.

Students are observed in class and then discussed with teachers. Assistance is given to set appropriate speech/language Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals together with relevant activities to help.

These groups work well for children with English as a Second Language (ESL). We assist with teaching aspects of the English language. We also help children in typical classrooms learn aspects of expressive language, articulation, comprehension or phonological awareness. Groups last 30 minutes.

Professional learning

We provide training modules to the school community and specialise in behaviour and social training for teachers and education assistants.

Find out more about our Autism Behaviour Workshops.

Find out more about our preschool staff professional development programs.

Prep-readiness presentations

Free parent information evenings are available for interested parent groups or kindys.

Find out more about our prep-readiness presentations.

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We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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The Early Start Australia promise

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Holistic care and treatment plans

Our multi-disciplinary team works together with you to understand your child’s needs. From there, we’ll develop a plan with evidence-based strategies. Work with us to achieve your goals and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Australia-wide reach

With clinics in every state and territory, and an experienced team of therapists. Find help when you need it, where you need it.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey. We provide quality and safe services, follow NDIS requirements, and support your needs and goals.

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Early intervention at all stages

Early intervention is not just for young children. We offer therapies that cater to all ages, needs and abilities, and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes. With us, you can learn new skills and enjoy more freedom and control in your life.