Early Years Therapy 1-6 Year Olds
Early Intervention for Autism
Early intervention is very important for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental concerns, as it can greatly help promote their development and inclusion.
Generally, early intervention is more effective the younger the child is when they begin. Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are provided to children (1-6 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a development delay, intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and other disabilities or additional needs. This service is available in the Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway regions, Werribee, Footscray and Western Melbourne, Warrnambool and the South West.
Please refer to our COVID-19 Current Services Update page for a regularly updated list of available services, including Gateways Online programs.
What are Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services?
Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are a coordinated range of services provided to 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
Who are part of the Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Team?
Gateways has a multi-disciplinary Early Childhood Intervention Team who will work closely with you to to support your child.
- Speech Pathologist
Our speech pathologists can assess and provide strategies to promote communication development and eating skills. This may include understanding and using spoken language, and or alternative communication methods and social stories to promote understanding.
- Occupational Therapist
Our occupational therapists can assist by assessing needs and developing strategies in the areas of independence skills (eg dressing, toileting, using utensils), fine motor skills, sensory issues, and advice re appropriate equipment.
- Key Worker
Our key workers are the main professional providing early intervention support to children with a trans-disciplinary NDIS package and their families. The Key Worker can provide information about the range of funded and unfunded services which families can access. This empowers families to make informed choices. The Key Worker can also coordinate supports chosen by families.
Where can I access these services?
A coordinated therapy program, which is consistently integrated into home and kinder or childcare settings, is important to ensure the best results. Families can choose the combination of Early Childhood Intervention Services that best suits their situation. Services can be provided at:
- The family home
- The child’s kindergarten
- A childcare centre
- Family Day Care
- Gateways offices
- The Gateways Children’s Centre at Grovedale; or,
- Other locations requested by the family.
Early Intervention Group Programs
Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups are currently only available in the Geelong region and 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.
Gateways Support Services offers a variety of Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups in Geelong specifically for kindergarten-aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other additional needs.
Our Kinder Playmates Group Program is for children currently attending a mainstream kindergarten program.
Gateways Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups are run as a partnership between families and staff, with parents often working alongside staff during the sessions.
- Gateway to School Therapy Group (taking 2021 inquiries now!)
- Early Intervention Therapy Playgroup (Pre-kinder) – Geelong, Werribee
- Kinder Playmates – Therapy Playgroup (4 year olds) – Geelong
- TalkAbility™ – Geelong
- Parent Learn to Play – Geelong
- Kinder Plus – Geelong
- More Than Words Therapy Program – Werribee