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24 November 2020

International Day for People with Disability 2020

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28 June 2020

Neurodiversity a competitive advantage at ExteND Testing

A program run by Curtin University is giving companies access to exceptional software testing and data

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19 June 2020

Anthony flushes his toileting fears

9-year-old Anthony has overcome his fear of toileting with support from his family and Therapy Focus’

Cody smiling with his new iPad beside him
28 May 2020

Donated iPads help people with disability access teletherapy

Therapy Focus has donated iPads and data packages to people with disability and their families to help them

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27 May 2020

Cooking with Christine gives Ryan food confidence

12 year-old Ryan is overcoming food challenges thanks to the creativity of his speech pathologist and a

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27 May 2020

Minecraft Therapy a hit with gamers

A team of therapists are using the popular computer game Minecraft to help children and teenagers with

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24 April 2020

Teletherapy supports routine for families

Families of children with disabilities are doing their best to keep life as normal as possible with support

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20 March 2020

Our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) as the situation unfolds and are taking steps to keep our

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26 February 2020

Ready and Regulated for Eating: Henry’s Story

For 14 year-old Henry, mealtimes were once a source a stress and anxiety But with specialist mealtime advice

Therapist supports client holding shower rail in bathroom
28 January 2020

Home modifications mean more independence for Michelle

For Michelle, who lives with a condition called Myelomalacia, altering the layout of her bedroom and bathroom

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13 November 2019

Mural celebrates Walliston community partnership

In early November our therapy team based in the Perth Hills joined forces with the staff and students at

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25 October 2019

Bladder and Bowel Health Australia joins Therapy Focus

Bladder and Bowel Health Australia Inc has been acquired by Therapy Focus Ltd This bringing together of the

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27 September 2019

Service Agreements come to life in new videos

A series of animated videos have been created to help explain our Service Agreements in English and five

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27 September 2019

Top marks for communication at Therapy Focus

Therapy Focus is the first organisation in Western Australia to be accredited as communication accessible by

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26 September 2019

Harrison hits the beach thanks to Telethon

Beach-lover Harrison Dunn is able to enjoy the sun, sand and sea this summer, thanks to a new beach

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26 July 2019

Ashlee has business sewn up

18 year-old Ashlee Gregori has turned a shared hobby between mother and daughter into a micro-enterprise

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17 July 2019

Staff celebrated at 21st Anniversary

On Wednesday 3 July, Therapy Focus staff, Board Directors and special guests celebrated the organisation’s

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30 May 2019

‘Gurrumul’ screening celebrates National Reconciliation Week

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28 May 2019

There’s no stopping Candice!

Five and a half year-old Candice Evans is not letting her disability get in the way of living life to the

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13 May 2019

2019 WA Disability Support Awards

This year Therapy Focus was proud to sponsor the WA Disability Support Awards and recognise those who

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4 April 2019

Introducing our new CEO Angelena Fixter

Following an extensive national recruitment process, Angelena Fixter has been appointed the new Chief

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22 March 2019

Communication wins for Team Travis

A collaboration between Therapy Focus and partner organisation Interchange has helped Travis become a

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22 March 2019

KONGA megaclass highlights importance of ‘me-time’

Fitness instructor and mother of four, Tyare Pugh, is inviting the Perth community to take part in a free

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19 March 2019

Quality Evaluation: Provide your feedback

In April, the State Government Department for Communities’ Disability Services will conduct an independent

Therapist holds drink and laughs with young boy
21 February 2019

SOS makes feeding fun

A group of Therapy Focus clients with feeding difficulties are finding the fun in mealtimes thanks to an

Therapist and mother laugh with two children
7 February 2019

Behaviour Support Leads to Positive Changes

Ask any parent how they feel when their child throws a tantrum or has a public meltdown and most will tell

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30 November 2018

CEO Matt Burrows steps down

After seven years at the helm of Therapy Focus, Matt Burrows will step down as CEO to return to Broome –

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23 November 2018

Thumbs up for Key Word Sign workshop

Earlier this month a group of parents, carers and educators learned the basics of Key Word Sign at a workshop

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9 November 2018

NS Projects Give the Gift of the Great Outdoors

On Saturday 27 October, a team of volunteers from project management company NS Projects conducted a

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24 October 2018

Customer survey: We hear you!

Every two years Therapy Focus invites people accessing our services to provide feedback by completing a

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25 September 2018

Les finds purpose at Jackson’s

Busselton resident Les Slayford has a new-found sense of purpose since securing work experience at

Sofia with a Therapy Focus staff at the Speak Up Awards
19 September 2018

Sofia Speaks Up About Autism

11 year-old Sofia Schiaffini has won an award for her speech about autism in this year’s Speak Up

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3 September 2018

Communication clinic improves device access

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28 August 2018

Students help illustrate storybook about kindness and inclusion

A children’s storybook featuring illustrations created by WA primary school students has been unveiled at a

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10 August 2018

Resource library helps Zechariah achieve his therapy goals

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2 August 2018

Therapy Focus celebrates 20 years

On Friday 20 July, 500 guests including Therapy Focus staff, alumni and special guests celebrated the

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13 July 2018

NDIS helps Hau achieve more independence

Hau Le is a young man with goals and aspirations to live a more independent life Prior to accessing supports

Aboriginal woman with her three foster sons
2 July 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrates special women

This year’s theme, 'Because of her, we can', celebrates Aboriginal women and the essential role these

Therapist sits on trampoline with boy
16 April 2018

New NDIS therapy pricing limits outcomes

Therapy Focus has condemned a recommendation made for the pricing of therapy services in an Independent

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11 April 2018

Sweet experience for girls with autism

On Friday 5 April, the same day the United Nations met to discuss the importance of empowering women and

Four people play with a robot on the floor
3 April 2018

‘Coding club’ harnesses unique talents of youth with autism

Extraordinary attention to detail, a very literal mind and the ability to look at things differently are just

Therapist and four boys on a train
29 March 2018

School holiday group gets out and about

Girl stands with therapist and mother
28 February 2018

Shona’s standing tall

13 year-old Shona Heard is seeing the world anew thanks to her new sit-to-stand

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26 February 2018

Doors open to South West community

On Friday 23 February around 50 guests came together to celebrate the opening of Therapy Focus’ first

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23 February 2018

Mentoring at the Men’s Shed

A group of 18 young men living with intellectual disability have gained vital job skills through a Men’s

Boy stands on step and celebrates with therapist
22 February 2018

From wheelchair to walking

12 months ago 9 year-old Jaydan was completely dependent on his wheelchair and only just learning to stand

Boy practises breathing exercises while parents and therapist look on
14 February 2018

David’s breathing easy with speech pathology

As a 7 year-old, David Barker, who has intellectual disability, was non-verbal and showing no progress

Girl and therapist use hand puppets
19 December 2017

Small steps make a world of difference

Parents always want the best for their kids, but how do you give them the best when life’s given them a

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18 December 2017

Empowered through dance

A dance program being run across Perth is giving adults of all abilities the opportunity to express

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13 December 2017

Community art for Disability Awareness Week

In celebration of Disability Awareness Week, Therapy Focus’ Margaret River Team hosted a free art workshop

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6 December 2017

Drumming up teen social skills

Therapy Focus’ Drumbeat group is helping teenagers with disabilities connect with one another and develop

Autism NZ Lead National Educators with Two Therapy Focus Staff
24 November 2017

New Zealand Exchange Inspires Therapy Focus Staff

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9 November 2017

Liam dances up a storm

18 year-old Liam Byrne has taken on the best of the best in hip hop dancing at an international competition

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30 October 2017

Therapy helps crash survivor get back to normal life

A man who was flown to Royal Perth Hospital from Margaret River after a large tree branch fell onto his

Man sits at table with his two therapists
3 October 2017

Team work makes the dream work for Phillip

With support from both Intelife and Therapy Focus, 19 year-old Phillip Kalimeris has established his own

Children at Sensorium Theatre’s Sensory Rhyme Time program
1 September 2017

Nursery Rhyme Time Program Hits the Right Note

Some of Therapy Focus’ youngest clients have been developing skills and stretching their imaginations with

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30 August 2017

Specialist support crosses the sea

Therapy Focus clinicians are crossing oceans to provide specialist support to children like 7 year-old

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30 August 2017

TOMS the perfect fit for Therapy Focus

Launching on Monday 14 August, global giving company TOMS will host a pop-up shop at Westfield Whitford

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30 August 2017

Hristijan’s backyard blitz

Perth based project management company NS Projects has built a custom backyard for 12-year-old Hristijan

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30 August 2017

Ben Tries to Fly launches from Perth Town Hall

Thursday 24 August saw the annual Therapy Focus Art Competition culminate at Perth Town Hall with the