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Playgroup gets kids kindy ready

Therapy Focus’ Kindy Readiness Playgroup is helping prepare children aged 3-5 with disabilities for mainstream kindergarten by providing therapeutic intervention through play.

The playgroup is a pilot program and was established to support a growing number of parents and carers in the Armadale area who did not feel confident sending their children to mainstream kindergarten.

Therapy Focus Family Connect Worker, Gretta Lane said structured sessions held weekly allow children to become familiar with a school environment, and support them to develop key skills.

“Each session uses the same routine approach to help the children understand what is expected of them, and we use visual schedules to communicate what is happening ‘now’ and ‘next’,” Gretta said.

“Activities are targeted at developing fine and gross motor skills, social skills, joint attention and sensory ability. We also use Key Word Sign and core boards as a form of alternative communication and for visual cues.”

The Kindy Readiness Playgroup is available to children accessing Therapy Focus services who have goals relating to school readiness. For more information please contact Gretta Lane on 9452 9600 or email gretta.lane@therapyfocus.org.au.

Kindy readiness program

Playgroup participants taking part in story time.