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Healthy Children Initiative
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ASD Skills for School
In the January 2014 school holidays, to assist your child prepare for mainstream school in 2014, Irabina Childhood Autism Services- Officer is running a SKILLS FOR SCHOOL group, specifically for children who will be attending a mainstream school in 2014. This group is aimed at children with an ASD who have been diagnosed late and have not much opportunity to access early intervention prior to going to school.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities.
The word ‘spectrum’ is used because the range and severity of the difficulties people with an ASD experience can vary widely.
Research shows that about 1 in 100 children, almost 230 000 Australians, have an ASD and that it is more prevalent in boys than girls. The effects of an ASD can often be minimised by early diagnosis and with the right interventions, many children and adults with an ASD show marked improvements.
Healthy Together Greater Dandenong
Healthy Children Initiative
The Healthy Children Initiative supports schools and early childhood services to provide safe, healthy and friendly environments for children, their families and the community. We can provide support on a range of health priority areas, from healthy eating to sun protection and more! See the events calendar for the next School Garden Network meeting and the next Early Years Cooks Network meeting.
Playgroups galore in the City of Greater Dandenong
Every week our youngest members of the community get together with their friends for a play date in various locations all over the city of Greater Dandenong. Playgroups are hosted at primary schools, community centres; neighbourhood houses even aged care facilities and churches. Babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents or carers can attend playgroup.
Playgroups are not-for-profit groups; some may charge a small fee. Most playgroups are run by parents and carers, while there are also supported playgroups that are organised and run by a coordinator. These playgroups are typically for families who need additional support whether they are families new to Australia, are Indigenous families, have a member living with a disability, are teenage parents, or are parents who are experiencing various other challenges in life.
To find a playgroup in your area, check the event calendar.
Communities for Children program in line with research outcomes
Communities for Children (CfC) is an early intervention and prevention program that aims to improve the development, health and wellbeing of children aged up to 12 and their families by addressing local needs and encouraging community participation.
This is in line with recent research that shows that supportive parents and a highly engaged community greatly benefit a child’s education.