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Early Learning Events

Ka-u-ma Play 2 Learn Community Playgroup (Greta)
HunterPrelude, Family Insight, Community Health (HNE), Greta Public School
Start Date: 09/02/2015
End Date: 23/03/2015

Description:
FREE TO THE COMMUNITY:

An inclusive fortnightly community playgroup for families with children 0-6 years old.

A team of Educators, Family Workers, Multicultural and Allied Health professionals will come play with the kids and talk to the mums, dads & carers.

We will provide toys, craft, outdoor activities & morning tea. We look forward to meeting you and your children.
Ka-u-ma Play 2 Learn Community Playgroup at Cessnock
Hunter Prelude, Familiy Insight, Communtiy Health (HNE), Mindaribba LLC, Cessnock West Public School
Start Date: 02/02/2015
End Date: 30/03/2015

Description:
FREE TO THE COMMUNITY:

An inclusive fortnightly community playgroup for families with children 0-6 years old.

A team of Educators, Family Workers, Multicultural and Allied Health professionals will come play with the kids and talk to the mums, dads & carers.

We will provide toys, craft, outdoor activities & morning tea. We look forward to meeting you and your children.
The Flashcards Early Intervention Program
www.theflashcards.com.au
Start Date: 07/10/2014
End Date:

Description:
A new way of teaching children with autism and learning delays

Based on the work a Wollongong mother did helping her own autistic son learn how to speak, The Flashcards is now being used by both parents and teachers to help children with autism, brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, down’s syndrome and hearing impairment find their voice.

“These flashcards are the best on the market. The program is so easy to follow that even inexperienced parents like me can use them with my son. I highly recommend this product.” Parent of a non-verbal autistic son

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Ignacio Estrada

The first thing any parent is told when their child is diagnosed with autism is that early intervention is the key to securing the best possible future for their child. But what exactly does early intervention involve and how can a parent best provide it?

One thing we do know about autistic children is that they learn visually. Up until now, parents and educators have had to collect images for themselves, spending hundreds of dollars on the materials alone. It’s time consuming and difficult to get right.

This was the experience of Melody, a mother from New South Wales whose two year old son was diagnosed with autism three years ago. It led to her creating an affordable and easy to use collection of 727 flashcards that come with extensive notes on how to get the most out of the cards, making the sessions productive and enjoyable.

Melody’s own son went from non-verbal to verbal using the program, but its usefulness extends beyond the needs of the child. The Flashcards also gives parents the opportunity to better understand their child – to know what they know.

Another advantage is that parents of children with learning delays can use the cards to assess the severity of their child’s condition. As anyone with a child with special needs knows, it’s an expensive business. A simple assessment by a trained speech therapist can cost upwards of $400. Add to this the cost of increased care and most families struggle to finance such programs.

The Flashcards is a cost effective alternative with proven results.

To find out more please visit www.theflashcards.com.au
EARLY YEARS THERAPY & SUPPORT PLAYGROUP
Autism Advisory and Support Service
Start Date: 01/09/2014
End Date: 15/12/2014

Description:
Early Years Therapy and Support Playgroup for pre-school aged children with a diagnosis of Autism.

This weekly Playgroup offers the services of an ABA Trained Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist.

Held every Monday through school terms

9.30am-11.00am

Held at AASS House, 88 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool NSW 2170

Cost: $10 per week

For more information, please call (02) 9601-2844
Early Years Therapy and Support Playgroup for Children with Autism
Autism Advisory and Support Service
Start Date: 01/09/2014
End Date: 15/12/2014

Description:
Early Years Therapy and Support Playgroup for pre-school aged children with a diagnosis of Autism.

This weekly Playgroup offers the services of an ABA Trained Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist.

Held every Monday through school terms

9.30am-11.00am

AASS House, 88 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool NSW 2170

Cost: $10 per week

For more information, please call (02) 9601-2844
Learn to Listen...Listen to Learn
Learning Links
Start Date: 23/09/2014
End Date: 23/09/2014

Description:
Suitable for: Parents & early childhood professionals
What's it about?
Some children find it difficult to pay attention, sequence ideas, remember simple things, ignore distractions, follow instructions and take a long time to process information. Does this sound like a child you know? This workshop provides practical ideas to help take the frustration out of the child’s day and prepare them to be effective listeners and learners.

The content in this workshop relates to the Early Years Learning Framework 2 3 4 5 and National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1 5 6

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $85 for non members. Discounts apply for members
Expressive and receptive language difficulties: strategies for success
Learning Links
Start Date: 17/09/2014
End Date: 17/09/2014

Description:
Suitable for: Parents & early childhood professionals
What's it about?
In this workshop we will discuss the nature of language difficulties in children aged from three to approximately 10 years old and the implications of these difficulties for children and adults (parents, teachers and other professionals). The focus is on providing practical strategies and ideas that adults can use to help children communicate well in everyday life and develop their language skills.

The content in this workshop relates to the Early Years Learning Framework 3 4 5 and National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1

Date: Wednesday 17 September 2014
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $85 for non members. Discounts apply to members
Key Word Sign - Basic
Learning Links
Start Date: 11/09/2014
End Date: 18/09/2014

Description:
Suitable for: Parents, early childhood, school & health professionals

What's it about?
Key Word Sign is a signing system used with children who have developmental delays, communication difficulties or speech that is unclear.

Key Word Sign can reduce children’s frustrations by helping them to understand what is happening and express their needs.

No signing experience necessary.

The content in this workshop relates to the Early Years Learning Framework 1 2 3 4 5 and National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1 5 6

This workshop is run over 2 evenings on 11 September and 18 September at 6pm - 9pm

Cost: $160 for non members. Discounts apply for members.

Cut, draw, squeeze, poke...fine motor skills for little folk
Learning Links
Start Date: 11/09/2014
End Date: 11/09/2014

Description:
Suitable for: Parents & early childhood professionals

What's it about?
This workshop provides information on the development of fine motor skills such as grasping, drawing, pre-writing and scissor skills. Participants will learn how to identify children in need of support. We will also provide practical activity ideas and strategies to promote the development of fine motor skills for individual children and groups.

The content in this workshop relates to the Early Years Learning Framework 2 3 4 and National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1 2

http://www.learninglinks.org.au/index.php/workshops/view/?wid=130

Date: Thursday 11 September
Time: 6 pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $85 for non members. Discounts apply for members
Communicating when talking is hard - using a total communication approach in early childhood settings
Learning Links
Start Date: 28/08/2014
End Date: 28/08/2014

Description:
Suitable for: Parents & early childhood professionals

What's it about?
Total Communication combines talking, gesture, Key Word Sign, objects and visuals to assist the child to understand what is happening and to express their needs, wants, thoughts and ideas. Using this approach can reduce children’s frustrations and promote children’s language by increasing interactions and sociability. It can benefit children with special needs, children who are developing typically and children learning a language other than English. Specific strategies and resources including visuals and signing are shown.

The content in this workshop relates to the Early Years Learning Framework 1 2 3 4 5 and National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1 2 6

Date: Thursday 28 August 2014
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $85 for non members. Discounts apply for members.
 
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