Our Therapy and Inclusion team have expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental delays, intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, other disabilities and complex medical needs.
Children’s Therapy services are available in Geelong, Werribee, Western Melbourne, Warrnambool and the South West, however, at this stage, adult therapy services are only available in Geelong. To register for therapy services please complete a Therapy Request Form or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We can provide autism assessments (available in Geelong) speech pathology and occupational therapy services to children between the ages of 0-12 in the Geelong & Barwon region, Werribee, Western Melbourne and Warrnambool, South West Victoria. We also offer therapy services for adolescents and adults in the Geelong region.
The Gateways experienced and qualified team work with families to foster your child’s physical, communication, self-help and intellectual development, while also nurturing their self esteem, confidence and social skills. They can also help your child to successfully participate in a range of mainstream programs. Our staff understand that each family needs an individually tailored plan of supports. They will respect and build on your family priorities and work with you on the changes that are important to your family.
Therapy services can be provided using funding, depending on your location and or a child’s development, through either:
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Helping Children with Autism Initiative (HCWA) or
- Better Start initiative
We will always try to work with you to accommodate your needs, however depending on the type of therapy you are requesting there may be a wait for some services.
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.
We wouldn’t be where we are without the help of Gateways. The intensive early intervention we got made a massive difference. Everything you think of when you think of autism, that was just how he was at 15 months. Josh is now functioning, like a developing typical child, no one ever sees it anymore. So to go from that extreme to where he is today, it’s just amazing. Without Gateways I don’t know if Josh would be in mainstream school now.
Brooke, Gateways Parent