Inclusive Directions June 2016 Newsletter
Hello and Welcome to the June 2016 Newsletter.
We have been listening to what you have been saying and over the last few months we have been making some changes that will better suit your and your family’s needs.
We understand that communication is an area where we can improve. To ensure that we provide a consistent, high quality service and achieve the best possible outcomes for your child/children we will be allocating all families an Inclusive Directions staff member as the primary contact with the organisation. We will be in contact soon to let you know who your contact will be.
You may have noticed a new smiling face greeting you on your arrival at Flinders Therapy House. We recently welcomed Tenille to the Inclusive Directions team as the new Administration Officer/Receptionist.
In mid-May we welcomed a new Marketing Manager, Anouska, who will be working to improve the communication between staff and families and promoting our full range of programs and services.
As a first step we recently re-launched our website, so go to www.directions.org.au and have a look. It has a more user-friendly approach, dedicated “For Families” tab, a handy calendar that shows our upcoming activities, and a number of easy to read fact sheets.
We also recently produced a number of short videos to showcase some of the amazing families that have benefitted from our programs. Make sure to like our Inclusive Directions or Flinders Therapy House Facebook pages, or check out the website to watch a video that explains ABA therapy, or showcases what can be achieved by our School Readiness Program.
We are also in the process of recruiting a new Client Services Manager/Manager of Flinders Therapy House to ensure everything runs like clockwork with all our programs.
School Holiday Program
For those parents and children needing a break these school holidays, Inclusive Directions is now running a School Holiday program during the July school holiday period. The program offers a range of fun, interactive play opportunities specifically designed to keep youngsters of all ages happy, active and engaged, allowing parents to continuing working or enjoy some well-deserved downtime.
The program will be run at the Daws Road and Mt Gambier sites on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week during the July holiday period from 10am until 3pm.
See below for an overview of the exciting activities planned for each day.
Flinders Therapy House, 143 Daws Road, St Marys - Week One
Drop off and pick up for all activities will be at Flinders Therapy House, 143 Daws Rd, St Marys (PLEASE NOTE that the only exception to this is the Adelaide Zoo outing planned for Thursday 14 July, where drop off and pick up will be at the Zoo’s main entry on Botanic Road).
| Monday 11th July
||Fancy dress day. Arts and craft activities, cooking and fun games all day long. Cost: $150
| Wednesday 13th July
||A fun day that starts with a short bus ride to Elder Park. There will be a ride on the Popeye to Frome Road and then a short walk past the Zoo for a picnic lunch on the lawns. Children will get the opportunity to explore the gardens before a walk through the Bicentennial Conservatory. There will be a ride back to Elder Park on the Popeye before returning back to Flinders Therapy House. Children are to bring their own packed lunch. Cost: $180
| Thursday 14th July
||A fun day of activities organised by the Adelaide Zoo, including a Macaw flight at lunchtime and feeding of the penguins, sea lions and tigers. Children are to bring their own packed lunch. Cost: $180
Flinders Therapy House, Daws Road Site - Week Two
| Monday 18th July
||Italian Day. There will be pizza making, Italian games and activities and opportunity to embrace the wonders of Italian culture. Cost: $150
| Wednesday 20th July
||Movie Day at Marion. The movie is yet to be confirmed. Children are to bring their own packed lunch. Cost: $180
| Thursday 21st July
||A fun day of activities at St Kilda Adventure playground. Children are to bring their own packed lunch. Cost: $180
More information about our School Holidays Program can be found on our website at http://www.directions.org.au/families/school-holiday-program/
Saturday Social Club
Our Saturday Social Club has become so popular that it is now on weekly just to accommodate the growing demand.
Our Saturday Social Club runs every Saturday from 10am 3pm from Flinders Therapy House on Daws Road, The program focuses on social skills development in a relaxed and fun environment, and encourages children to work together, seek peer support and interaction, and learn how to make positive friendships within the early childhood and school environments.
Places are limited and bookings for the program are essential. Book your child's place by calling (08) 7325 8600.
Please note that any children not booked in will not be able to participate, so avoid disappointment by securing a spot.
Independent Directions program launched to help teens
Our Independent Directions program helps young people negotiate the teenage years, which can be a daunting time. With so many influences at play, growing up is now more complicated that ever before, and includes:
- challenges in developing a sense of self
- making new friends
- handling peer pressure
- schoolyard interactions, and
- using social media
That's why our Independent Directions program helps teenagers, and children transitioning into the critical teenage years, to develop the skills and capacity for social inclusion and independence.
The program is held on the first Friday of every month and runs over four hours, from 4pm until 8pm. Each session costs $130, which includes the cost of the activity, a meal, and mini-bus transportation to and from the activity, with drop off and pick up from Flinders Therapy House at Daws Road.
For more information about the program can be found at http://www.directions.org.au/families/independent-directions/
Is your child school ready?
Our highly-successful school readiness program has been designed to help children with ASD navigate their way through school when they first start, which will provide them with a positive outlook for their continuing education.
The program encourages language development, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as improved physical health. The individual skills include things like taking turns, sharing, moving from the floor to the table and visa-versa and pre-academic skills.
Children who participate in the School Readiness Program gain the benefit of the school experience and expose them to the many daily rituals that can be hurdles for children with ASD.
Empowering them with experience enables them to learn the school routines more easily and gives them the confidence to succeed at school.
For more information and to watch a video about our School Readiness Program, go to http://www.directions.org.au/families/school-readiness-program/
Places are limited and are filling fast. To book your child's place call (08) 7325 8600.
Changes to the NDIS
The NDIA has announced new price arrangements for personal care, community participation and supported independent living along with new loadings for remote areas as of 1 July. For more information, and to find out how these changes may impact on your personal circumstances, visit http://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/pricing-and-payment.
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