Gateways provides therapy services for children with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder or a diagnosed disability, and their families.
The aim of these services is to help develop the child’s:
- Learning skills
- Self help skills
- Sensory awareness
- Social skills
Gateways Therapy Team
Gateways has a multi-disciplinary team including skilled speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
The team works closely with children and their families to ensure they receive the support and services they need to maximise their:
- Quality and enjoyment of life.
- Potential; and,
- Positive relationships in their community.
Families can choose the services that best suits their situation. These services can be provided at:
- The family home
- The Gateways Children’s Centre at Grovedale, Geelong
- Other locations requested by the family
- Gateways Offices
Please note that some children with NDIS funding can choose to have a Gateways therapist provide this service at their school. The parent must seek permission from the school Principal prior to this service commencing. The school Principal does have the right to decline this request. Therapy services can not take place at either Barwon Valley School or Nelson Park School, Geelong.
What is the Gateways’ Service Philosophy?
At Gateways we recognise that each child and family is unique and we aim to develop programs that best suit the needs of each individual family. Working together makes best use of the skills and knowledge of the family and professionals.
An assessment of needs is conducted in cooperation with each family and a service plan is developed that responds the family’s priorities.
Research and experience has shown that functional life skills and play activities practised in a range of real life situations allow the child to learn by doing. We are also mindful of the fact that families need to look after, and balance, the needs of the whole family.
Therapy Group Programs
Playmates Therapy Group (Prep-Grade 2)
A group for children at school in grades prep-2 in the Geelong and Barwon region.
Gateways therapy playgroups are designed for families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental delay, high sensory and communication needs and significant behavioural issues. They provide children with the chance to play, learn new skills and socialise with other children, in an environment suited to children with additional needs.
A group for children at school in grades prep, 1 and 2 in the Geelong and Barwon region.
The program is designed by Gateways psychologists and speech pathologists. It offers your child a small group situation where they can enhance their social and communication skills, including playing with other children, turn taking, sharing and problem solving.
The program is suitable for children who:
- have a diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- have social/emotional learning difficulties
- are currently attending mainstream primary school setting
Where is Playmates group program held?
Playmates group program takes place during Term 2 and Term 3 at the Greenville Children’s Centre, Greenville Drive in Grovedale, Geelong.
Each term there are 8 sessions. A goals and outcomes report is provided for each session.
How do I find out more?
Download a copy of the Playmates Therapy Group flyer – Geelong or to register your interest please complete and submit the registration form Download the Playmates Group Program registration form.
For more information about our Playmates Group Program contact Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager.
Lego Mates Group Program (8-12 year olds)
A fun social thinking group program for children in the Geelong and Werribee areas.
‘Lego Mates’ is a new small group program that we have recently introduced, based on the LEGO therapy model, play therapy models and social thinking models to promote children’s social interaction and learning.
‘Lego Mates’ sessions consist of two sections – 45 minutes building sets with instructions and assigned roles and 45 minutes for group play using the Lego creations.
Based on the Lego therapy model, children work together in pairs or groups of three, with assigned roles to build Lego sets while our therapists focus on supporting their communication and social interaction with each other.
There is a strong emphasis on social thinking and imaginative play development. Children will be supported to apply their problem solving and interaction skills as they learn to play together with their created Lego sets.
‘Lego Mates’ allows children to practice joint problem solving, planning, listening and social thinking and communication skills. Speech pathologists facilitate each child’s active participation in pairs and within the small group setting.
This new group program is designed for a group of between 6-8 children, aged between 8-12 years of age.
The ‘Lego Mates’ program suits children who:
- have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- attend a main stream primary school
- have solid cognitive and language skills
- need support with social and emotional learning
- are interested in Lego and construction
Lego Mates – Geelong
To attend ‘Lego Mates’ your child will require funding through the NDIS for a social skills group for 90 minutes per week x 8 weeks and an additional hour for a report to be completed at the end of the program. Please note that funding must be available in your child’s current plan. Download a copy of the flyer.
Lego Mates – Werribee
Lego Mates Werribee is a new program running in School Terms 2 and 3 and July school holidays. It is a FREE PROGRAM provided by Gateways with funding support from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation & the Collier Charitable Fund. Download a copy of the flyer.
Lego Mates – Warrnambool
Lego Mates Warrnambool is a new program running in the September school holidays from 10.00-1.00pm 3 days per week and after school in Term 3 from 4.00-5.30pm. Contact Kristy Allsop, Intake Coordinator and OT on (03) 55628271 or for further information and to register Download a copy of the flyer.
To secure a place, please download and complete a registration form and submit it to the Therapy & Inclusion Manager.
If you have any further questions or to find out when the next program will commence, contact Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager via Contact Us or by phoning 5221 2984.