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Being part of a group helps children to build valuable skills

At the OTFC group we understand the scope for providing therapy and services within a group-based format. Groups are a great opportunity for your child to develop social and communication skills whilst participating in activities of interest. Each group is run by an Occupational Therapist.

Expressions of interest for groups are sent out each term via email. From here you will be informed whether or not your child’s application for the group is successful.

For more information visit our Contact Us page here, 08 8410 4522 or email admin@otfc.com.au.

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Dance

OTFC Dance Factory

Purpose

OTFC’s ‘Dance Factory’ group is designed to promote purposeful co-ordination as a means of enhancing individual therapy outcomes. The ability to combine the principles of Occupational Therapy and dance in OTFC’s supported and specialised environment, will assist in seeing children explore physical potential and individual creativity – all whilst having fun! The group is therapy focused and uses a “bottom up” approach in addressing a range of developmental skills relative to therapy goals which include:
  • Motor planning
  • Visual perception skills
  • Body awareness
  • Sequencing
  • Postural control
  • Social skills
  • Ideational praxis.
The dance and movement group will foster experiences for children of all abilities in developing dance-related skills, e.g., timing, balance, rhythm, flexibility and retention, whilst integrating children’s interests and unique talents into every class. Run by a dancer trained OTFC Group occupational therapist, Ms. Olivia Zoia and helped by Ms. Issie Mennillo, children will have the chance to participate in an array of dance styles such as classical, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre.

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $30.00 per session (NDIS rebate full amount) + $15 for a t-shirt
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria:

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks
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Basketball

Basketball Group

Purpose

  • To create a safe space for children to develop their gross motor, sequencing,

bilateral motor coordination, and motor planning skills through an identified interest of basketball.

  • To create a safe space for children to socialise and develop social and communication skills.
  • To facilitate a transition into organised basketball/ social clubs.
  • To promote and engage team building, decision making, and co-regulation.

Aim of the group

  • 1 hour session, max 6 clients per group
  • Made up of warm ups/drills
  • Social skill exercise/partner activity
  • Team workout/group activity
  • Warm down/debrief

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $60.00 per session (NDIS rebate full amount). This price may be subject to change once location is finalised
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

Social

Social skills Group

8-10 years

Purpose

This group has been designed to encourage more dynamic and organic social scenarios and interactions. These groups have been developed to build on previous social skill experiences and provide an opportunity to improve social skills and use a multisensory approach to work on a number of skills.

The term will aim to focus on the following Social Skill areas

  • Turn taking behaviour and conflict resolution
  • Tackle topics such as developing friendships, using empathy, personal space, engaging in conversations
  • Introduce concepts around digital safety and technology
  • Emotional understanding and ability to express emotions
  • Develop leadership skills, teamwork and collaborative skills
  • Ability to regulate arousal and emotion levels
  • Further physical and motor skills in a social space
  • Build individual confidence in a social setting

The areas will be explored in a number of ways within the OTFC space

  • Demonstrations and observations of effective social skills
  • Group discussion and communication with others
  • Utilising the Sensory Room space to undertake team building activities
  • Exploration of simple forms of activity to support social interaction (e.g. cards, games)
  • Written/verbal forms to assess and understand social skills (including quizzes and activity sheets)

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $85.00 per session (NDIS rebate full amount)
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Attending mainstream school
  • Sensory / motor delay, ADHD, high functioning ASD, dyspraxia
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks
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Social Skills 11-13 years

Purpose

This group has been designed to encourage more dynamic and organic social scenarios and interactions. The group aims to build on previous explicit and module based social skill groups and social skills learnt in other context. These groups have been developed to provide an opportunity to improve social skills and use a multisensory approach.

The term will aim to focus on the following Social Skill areas

  • Discussing Primary to High School transition
  • Explore friendships in a new context
  • Understanding bullying and antisocial behaviour
  • Engaging in games and causal activities amongst friends
  • Furthering conversational skills
  • Explore issues around digital safety
  • Emotional understanding and ability to express emotions
  • Further team work, leadership and collaborative skills
  • Ability to regulate arousal and emotion levels
  • Further physical and motor skills in a social space
  • Build individual confidence in a social setting

The areas will be explored in a number of ways within the OTFC+ space

  • Role Playing and observation
  • Group discussion and communication with others
  • Utilising the Plus Park to undertake team building activities
  • Exploration of simple forms of activity to support social interaction (e.g. cards, board games)
  • Written/verbal forms to assess and understand social skills (including quizzes and activity sheets)

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $85.00 per one hour session (NDIS rebate full amount).
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Attending mainstream school
  • Sensory / motor delay, ADHD, high functioning ASD, dyspraxia
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

Social Skills 14+ years

Purpose

This group has been designed to provide relevance for an older client group. The aim is to combine informal discussion and encourage organic social scenarios and interactions. Exploring further topics pertinent to this age group.

The term group focus on the following areas

  • Exploring future, plans beyond school and the ‘world’
  • Discuss part time work and money management
  • Friendships – existing and developing new ones in other contexts
  • Social and personal independence
  • Clear decision making in the face of peer pressure
  • Exploring diagnoses and challenges associated with these
  • Relationships, sexuality and sexual health
  • Engaging in games and causal activities amongst friends
  • Understanding digital safety and use of technology
  • Further physical and motor skills in a social space
  • Build confidence in conversations with a variety of people
  • Develop team work and collaborative skills

The areas will be explored in a number of ways within the OTFC+ space

  • Role Playing and observation
  • Group discussion and communication with others
  • Utilising the Plus Park to undertake team building activities
  • Exploration of simple forms of activity to support social interaction (e.g. cards, board games)
  • Written/verbal forms to assess and understand social skills (including quizzes and activity sheets)
  • Community access, where applicable, to explore and build on covered skills

Costs involved

  • The cost of the group is $85.00 per one hour session (NDIS rebate full amount)
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Attending mainstream school
  • Sensory / motor delay, ADHD, high functioning ASD, dyspraxia
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

16+ years Social Skills

Purpose

This group has been designed to provide relevance for an older client group. The aim is to combine informal discussion and encourage organic social scenarios and interactions. The aim is to further explore topics pertinent to this age group.

The term will aim to focus on the following Social Skill areas

  • Future options and plans beyond school
  • Friendships – existing and developing new ones in other contexts
  • Furthering understanding of financial and job independence
  • Social and personal independence
  • Engaging in games and causal activities amongst friends
  • Exploring diagnoses and challenges associated with these
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Understanding digital safety and use of technology
  • Further physical and motor skills in a social space
  • Build confidence in conversations with a variety of people
  • Develop team work and collaborative skills

The areas will be explored in a number of ways within the OTFC+ space

  • Role Playing and observation
  • Group discussion and communication with others
  • Utilising the Plus Park to undertake team building activities
  • Exploration of simple forms of activity to support social interaction (e.g. cards, board games)
  • Written/verbal forms to assess and understand social skills (including quizzes and activity sheets)

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $85.00 per session (NDIS rebate full amount)
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Attending mainstream school/open access school/Uni/TAFE, work
  • Sensory / motor delay, ADHD, high functioning ASD, dyspraxia
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

Cooking

OTFC Pantry

Cooking Group (13+)

Purpose

The OTFC Pantry aims to develop functional independence in the kitchen, a long-term life skill.

The group aims to explore

  • Kitchen safety
  • Hygiene practices
  • Knife skills
  • Measurements
  • The use of a utensils and appliances
  • Social skills & team work
  • Following multi-step procedures
  • Complete meal preparation
  • Increased self-confidence

Group members will also accumulate a ‘cooking journal’ of simplified recipes supporting task break down and visual resources to encourage continued independence in the home.

We plan to run as a small group of 4 participants to ensure adequate support and supervision is provided.

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing OTFC Group clients (have completed an OTFC Assessment)
  • Targeted at adolescents, 13+ years of age
  • Attending/attended mainstream schooling
  • Parent attendance during the session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $55.00 per session (10 weeks). NDIS rebate full amount
  • A cooking essential box ($50) will also be required to be purchased prior to the first group. This box will include 10+ utensils, apron, oven mit, scales and cooking journal folder)- if purchased previously, you will not need to purchase again
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full session cost will be charged
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Games

Online social group - Minecraft

Purpose

  • Through using Minecraft, clients will need to communicate openly to work together on;
  • Shared tasks
  • Share ideas and knowledge
  • Following instructions
  • Building positive relationships

How sessions will look

  • 1-hour session, max 6 per group
  • 30 minutes of Minecraft as a group, doing group/teamwork games
  • Transition to 30 minutes of video call sensory motor break

Aim of the group

  • To create a safe online space for clients to socialise and develop social and communication skills
  • To establish an individualised screen-time agreement to support screen-time moderation
  • To facilitate transitions off video games
  • To promote and engage in sensory-motor activities and breaks as a group

Cost involved

  • The cost of the group is $75.00 per session (NDIS rebate full amount)
  • If you are unable to attend a session, the full group cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing clients only (have completed an OTFC Group Assessment)
  • Parent attendance during session is not required
  • Able to attend the group for 10 weeks

Horses

OTFC Stables

OTFC Stables School Holiday Group – Aged 5-7 years

OTFC have collaborated with Four Oaks Farm (located in Little Hampton) to offer an exciting group for our clients. OTFC Stables group has been established to provide participants with a unique opportunity to enhance their physical skills, explore new sensory experiences, build self-confidence and develop new interests in a group setting with their peers. The group will include a combination of riding-based activities as well as unmounted team exercises.

The group aims to explore:

  • Physical skills including:
  • Motor planning
  • Coordination of both sides of the body
  • Body awareness
  • Postural control
  • Visual perception skills
  • Sensory experiences
  • Self-esteem, confidence, emotional control, new interests
  • Social skills: interacting with peers, team-based activities
  • Community participation

We plan to run as a small group of 10 participants to ensure adequate support and supervision is provided.

Date & Time

  • One-off group to be run at discretion of the OTFC Group.

Structure

  • 2-hour group, max 10 clients per group
  • 1 hour of horse-based activities (pony rides, carriage rides, fire truck rides) and 1 hour of group activities and transition time
  • Parents will be required to drop children off at Four Oaks Farm in Little Hampton for the group
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own drink and snacks to have as needed
  • Participants will be required to wear full length pants and closed in shoes, helmets to be provided

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing OTFC Group clients (have completed an OTFC Assessment)
  • Targeted at children aged 5-7 years old
  • Attending/attended mainstream schooling
  • Parent attendance during the session is not required

Cost involved

  • $200 per child (subject to change). NDIS rebate full amount
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full session cost will be charged
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OTFC Stables School Holiday Group – Aged 8 - 10 years

OTFC have collaborated with Four Oaks Farm (located in Little Hampton) to offer an exciting

group for our clients. OTFC Stables group has been established to provide participants with

a unique opportunity to enhance their physical skills, explore new sensory experiences,

build self-confidence and develop new interests in a group setting with their peers.

The group will include a combination of riding-based activities as well as unmounted team exercises.

The group aims to explore:

  • Physical skills including:
  • Motor planning
  • Coordination of both sides of the body
  • Body awareness
  • Postural control
  • Visual perception skills
  • Sensory experiences
  • Self-esteem, confidence, emotional control, new interests
  • Social skills: interacting with peers, team-based activities
  • Community participation

We plan to run as a small group of 6 participants to ensure adequate support and supervision is provided.

Date and time

  • One-off group to be run  at discretion of the OTFC Group

Structure

  • 2-hour group, maximum of 6 clients per group
  • 15 minutes learning how to approach and interact with a horse, 45 minutes of riding, 15-30 minutes of feeding and grooming,30 – 45 minutes of group-based activities
  • Parents will be required to drop children off at Four Oaks Farm in Little Hampton
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own drink and snacks to have as needed
  • Participants will be required to wear full length pants and closed in shoes, helmets to be provided

Cost involved

  • $200 per child (subject to change). NDIS rebate full amount
  • If you are not able to attend a session, the full session cost will be charged

Eligibility criteria

  • Existing OTFC Group clients (have completed an OTFC Assessment)
  • Targeted at children aged 8-10 years old
  • Attending/attended mainstream schooling
  • Parent attendance during the session is not required
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Camp

Camp Evolve

What is Camp Evolve

This is a Camp about growth and accomplishment, where every child is given the opportunity to engage in a real-life experience within an intensive therapy context.  CampEvolve provides an opportunity that allows children and young adults to engage in a new experience that is supported by professionals.

What to expect at Camp EVOLVE

 OTFC Clients will have the opportunity to participate in a three-day program to improve their sensory-motor skills and engage with their environment in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Campers will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of therapeutic activities

    • Develop camper’s gross and fine motor skills
    • Develop social skills including their ability to negotiate conflict
    • Ability to be responsible and organised
    • Confidence and functional capacity
    • New friendships
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