Individual Therapy

Helping your child gain the building blocks for inclusion is the very heart of Gateways’ Early Years Therapy services.

For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental concerns, early intervention can help build skills, promote development, support inclusion in social groups and preschool programs and work towards school readiness.

Gateways’ Early Years Therapy Services can begin with children as young as 12 months, with services and programs designed to support youngsters aged up to seven years. Our team has expertise in ASD, development delay, intellectual disabilities and complex behaviours.

Our Early Intervention Services are available in Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway regions, Werribee, Footscray and western Melbourne, Warrnambool and South West Victoria.

The aim of these services is to help develop you child’s:

  • Communication
  • Learning skills
  • Self-help skills
  • Sensory awareness
  • Social skills
  • Positive behaviour

Gateways Early Childhood Intervention team

First, it starts with you. We understand and respect that no one knows your child like you do. That’s why all our Early Years Therapy services and programs have families as their focus.

We spend time getting to know your child and your family to gain a thorough understanding of what you want and how best to achieve that in a way that flexibly meets your needs and expectations.

We also educate families, carers and early years educators, explaining therapy options and benefits and equipping the many people in your child’s life with the skills and knowledge to keep supporting your child outside formal therapy sessions.

Working closely with you and your family is our multi-disciplinary Early Childhood Intervention team, made up of:

  • Speech Pathologist to assess and provide strategies to promote communication development and eating skills. This may include understanding and using spoken language, alternative communication methods and social stories to promote understanding.
  • Occupational Therapist to 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 about appropriate equipment.
  • Key Worker to provide information about the range of services available to families, empowering them to make informed choices. the Key Worker is the main professional providing early intervention support to children with an ECEI NDIS package.

Where can I access these services?

Formal therapy sessions make up a small part of your child’s week. That’s why the best results lie in creating a coordinated program that ties in with your home life, as well as kinder or childcare settings. 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.

Who is eligible?

Therapy services can be provided using funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) for children aged up to 7 years. Learn more about NDIS funding

Gateways also offers a range of group programs designed for children aged 1-7 years and their families. Find out more.

We take our responsibility for safeguarding children very seriously. Download our Safeguarding Children brochure.

To find out more, please contact Central Intake on 5221 2984 or email

Whether your child is in a mainstream or special needs school setting, the school years bring a unique set of opportunities and challenges for children with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a diagnosed disability.

Gateways’ School Age Therapy team is experienced and qualified to support children with ASD, intellectual disability and complex behaviours and their families. We are passionate about fostering your child’s physical, communication, self-help and intellectual development, while nurturing their self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

Our Individual Therapy services are designed to help develop areas including:

  • Communication,
  • Learning skills,
  • Self help skills,
  • Sensory awareness,
  • Social skills, and
  • Behaviour.

Gateways School Age Therapy Team

Your child and family are front and centre of our team.

For many children with a development delay, school presents challenges inside and outside of the classroom as these students try to keep up with routines, behaviour expectations and academic learning, as well as the social rules of the playground. We know how exhausting this can be for the child and the entire family.

Gateways School Age Therapy team understands and respects that no one knows your child as well as you. That’s why we spend time getting to know your child and family, learning about your specific goals – not just in terms of your child’s NDIS package, but also your vision and dreams for their future.

We take time to help you understand therapy options, empowering you to make choices and working together to create an individually tailored plan of supports that flexibly meets the needs of your family.

Our multi-disciplinary School Age Therapy team comprises:

  • Speech Pathologist to assess and provide strategies to promote communication development and eating skills. This may include understanding and using spoken language, alternative communication methods and social stories to promote understanding.
  • Occupational Therapist to 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 about appropriate equipment.

Where can I access Individual therapy services

Families can choose the services that best suit 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, and
  • Gateways Offices.

Some children’s NDIS funding allows them to 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 has the right to decline this request. Please note that Individual Therapy services can not take place at either Barwon Valley School or Nelson Park School, Geelong.

To find out more, please contact Central Intake on 5221 2984 or email

Children will require a current NDIS plan to participate in our Group Therapy Programs.

Gateways also offers Group Programs for school-aged children. Find out more about our current Group Programs.

We take our responsibility for safeguarding children very seriously. Download our Safeguarding Children brochure.

Youth Plus is a specialist program dedicated to supporting young people with developmental disabilities as they transition through adolescence and into adulthood. The program is designed to develop and maintain skills that ready each person to live their best life.

Please note that this service is currently only available in the Geelong and Barwon regions, which includes the Surf Coast and Colac Otway areas.

View the Youth Plus brochure.

See a list of our current Youth Plus group programs.

Our multidisciplinary team includes occupational therapists and speech pathologists with extensive clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and other developmental disabilities. We can also offer therapy assistants, which means our dedicated youth and adult therapy services can reach more people.

With a focus on young people aged 12-25 years, the Youth Plus team is passionate about helping young people with disabilities navigate this important time as they strive to achieve what they need or want to do in their lives.

Learn more about the importance of therapy during adolescence in this article by Youth Plus Occupational Therapist, Jessie Hutchinson.

Geelong Therapy Program Manager Sharon Bassett says the Youth Plus program was developed to address a gap in the market for services designed specifically for adolescents and young adults with a disability.

‘The Youth Plus Team was founded around our thorough understanding of the unique needs of young people and the challenges they are faced with during these life stages,’ Sharon says.

‘We promote a ‘Journey Approach’ to better support adolescents and young adults not only through their current milestones, but also with a clear focus on understanding and planning for their future supports and individual needs.’

Our team recognises that every journey is unique and offers an equally unique suite of evidence-based therapeutic interventions to support the specific needs, aspirations and life goals of each individual.

Transitions to independence – Bob’s Pizza

A plan to teach brothers Charles and Dan the life skill of meal preparation developed into a small business thanks to the young men’s enthusiasm and the adaptability of the Youth Plus team. Read their full story.

What we do

Our individual therapy sessions draw on the clinical expertise and experience of our occupational and speech therapists.

Occupational Therapy can help adolescents and adults with disabilities develop and maintain skills to improve their quality of life at home, school, group program and in the workplace.

Our team can help with:

  • Independent living skills assessments and planning,
  • Transitioning to employment,
  • Social understanding, emotional regulation and complex behaviour support,
  • Addressing sensory processing challenges,
  • Assessment reports, equipment prescriptions, customised resource development,
  • Basic home modifications, community access, risk assessment,
  • Family/carer training and education,
  • Cognitive and executive functioning challenges such as time management, organisation, initiation and self-direction
  • Customised therapy programs,
  • Routines, organisation and self-management support,
  • Life transition support, such as school and accommodation transitions,
  • Collaborative Care Team planning,
  • Puberty and sexuality support,
  • Mental health wellbeing and resilience building,
  • Develop and maintain skills to prepare participants for the workplace and improve their quality of life.

Speech Pathology can support adolescents and adults to improve their ability to communicate with people in their life, form and maintain relationships and improve their function in day to day life.

Our team can help with:

  • Speech, Language and Mealtime management
  • Support to overcome communication barriers through providing alternate and augmentative communication (AAC) assessment and therapy.
  • Assessment reports and completing funding applications for communication devices
  • Strategies to support comprehension difficulties and develop expressive language
  • Training and support to families, carers and staff within a home, educational, group program or work place setting,
  • We also have the ability to run specialised group therapy programs depending on the need and availability of therapists.

Therapy – or allied health – Assistants work with our speech pathologists and occupational therapists to implement specific capacity building programs related to each individual’s goals.

With therapy assistants as part of your support team, your NDIS Improved daily Living budget can go even further and can be offered in a variety of settings to meet your needs.

The Youth Plus Team’s passion and experience working with these young people and their diverse needs enables us to offer additional services including:

  • accommodation transition support,
  • independent living skill assessments,
  • equipment prescription and assistive technology to aid independence and communication.

We also have access to our parent support groups providing valuable peer support for parents and carers of young people with disabilities.

Want to know more?

View the Youth Plus brochure.

For more details about our assessment and therapy services, please contact Central Intake on 5221 2984 or email

Geelong (Head Office)
03 5221 2984
12-14 Thompson Rd
North Geelong,
Western Melbourne
03 9396 1111
77 Droop St
03 9749 7388
3 Princes Highway
03 5562 8271
171 Lava Street