Our Services and Programs

Noah’s Ark provides the best therapy and education for your child with a disability or additional needs (aged 0-8). We recognise the very important role that families play in their children’s health and development.

We provide Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) through Everyday Learning and Therapy™.

Our specialists, with professional backgrounds in speech pathology, occupational therapy, education, physiotherapy, psychology and social work, are known as Key Workers. They visit you in your home and help build the skills and participation of your child. Our Key Workers give you the information, resources and support you need to help your child learn, develop and reach their goals.

Families and carers can receive Everyday Learning and Therapy™ via:

  • Your home or chosen environment
  • Primary School, Child Care, Preschool, Before/After School Care
  • Your local Noah’s Ark branch
  • Bursts of learning and therapy (Read more)
  • Local workshops
  • Virtual visits (Read more).

 

Read about our services and programs below or here for Funding including information about the NDIS.

Getting ready for Child Care, Preschool or School

The program aims to provide support and guidance to prepare your child for a positive start to school.

Noah’s Ark works with you, your child and their teacher or educator by providing Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) through:

  • Everyday Learning and Therapy™
  • One-on-one workshops to help you with information and to develop an individual transition plan for your child
  • Resources, assessments and the reports that you need for school transition
  • Inclusion support and training for your child’s teacher or educator based on evidence-based inclusive practices.
  • More information about Getting ready for Child Care, Preschool or School.
Supporting Inclusion

This program provides specialist support and strategies for teachers or educators for your child’s inclusion at school.

Through Everyday Learning and Therapy™, Noah’s Ark works directly with your child’s teacher or educator to develop goals and strategies through:

  • Initial and ongoing meetings with you and your child’s educators to share information about your child’s learning and development
  • On-call support for the teacher or educator including funding assistance
  • Visits to your child’s preschool, child care centre or school to provide expert help, strategies and resources
  • Professional development through Noah’s Ark Training for teachers and educators on current evidence-based inclusive practices.
  • More information about Supporting Inclusion.
Parent Connection and Support

This program brings parents and carers together to share ideas and to connect with their community.

Parent Education programs are offered on the topics that parents tell us they want. Recent workshops have been on toileting, fussy eating, challenging behaviour, communication, sleeping problems, understanding autism and the transition to school.

Noah’s Ark facilitates parent connection and support through:

  • Workshops on the things that matter to you and your family (e.g. fussy eating and toileting)
  • Community group programs
  • Parent education and self-care workshops that build on your knowledge and help you learn new skills to advocate effectively for your child
  • A parent pack with information to help you know more about the services and supports available to you.
  • More information about Parent Connection and Support.
Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening gives you the tools to help your child communicate, through expert programs.

These programs give parents the skills and confidence to improve their child’s language development and communication through:

  • Everyday Learning and Therapy™, routines and play activities to build your child’s social and communication skills
  • Specialist speech programs: More Than Words®, It Takes Two to Talk® and TalkAbility™ from The Hanen Centre
  • Supporting parents and carers by building your knowledge, skills and confidence
  • Professional development through Noah’s Ark Training for teachers and educators to learn more about communication with children with disabilities.
  • More information about Speaking and Listening.
Playing Together

The Playing Together programs provide expert help for parents and children to develop social skills and friendships.

Noah’s Ark works with parents and carers to help their child to socialise and develop friendships, through:

  • Everyday Learning and Therapy™ program to build your child’s social and play skills in and outside of the family environment
  • Parent education workshops on helping children develop their social skills and friendships
  • Visits to your child’s child care centre preschool or school to provide expert help so your child can learn to get along with others.
  • More information about Playing Together.
Supporting Positive Behaviour

This program helps parents and carers understand and manage their child’s emotions and behaviour.

Through Everyday Learning and Therapy™, Noah’s Ark works with parents and children by:

  • Helping you understand and manage your child’s behaviour and emotions by providing specialist support, resources and strategies
  • Providing parent information workshops such as Make the Connection®
  • Helping you build skills and confidence in managing your child’s behaviour in your family environment
  • Professional development through Noah’s Ark Training for teachers and educators on effective strategies for supporting positive behaviour at child care, preschool or school.
  • More information about Supporting Positive Behaviour.
School Children

Specialist assessment and strategies for parents and teachers to support school-aged children’s learning, development and participation.

Noah’s Ark works with you, your child and their teacher by providing:

  • Everyday Learning and Therapy™ programs within your child’s classroom and at home.
  • Parent workshops to provide you with information and support with getting what you need and want
  • Resources, assessments and the reports that you need during your child’s primary school years
  • Inclusion training and specialised support for your child’s teachers based on evidence-based inclusive practices.
  • More information about School Children.
Home Modifications

Support and advice from a trained therapist in home modifications for your child to be more independent and participate in family and community life.

We provide specialist support and advice from a trained professional in home modifications to support your child’s independence and participation in family life.

  • In consultation with you, we identify and prioritise your home modification needs.
  • We help advise you to ensure home modifications are value for money and effective and beneficial; in line with the NDIA requirements.
  • We understand the laws and regulatory frameworks and standards which regulate home modifications.
  • More information about Home Modifications.
Assistive Technology and Equipment

Specialist assessment, advice and support and an extensive library of assistive technology available to you for trial or short-term loan.

We provide assessment of your child’s needs at home and in the community. We support you in identifying whether assistive technology would improve your child’s functioning and participation.

  • We provide specialist advice and support from a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or Speech Pathologist on the use of assistive technology to support your child’s participation.
  • We provide short-term trial of a wide range of Assistive Technology (including communication devices) to support your child in everyday activities.
  • We prescribe Assistive Technology and support you with purchasing and using equipment to help your child join in with activities.
  • More information about Assistive Technology and Equipment.
Everyday Skills

Therapists and specialist teachers that help you and your child to be more independent with everyday activities such as eating, toileting and sleeping.

We provide individual specialist support with your child’s daily living skills; such as fussy eating, toileting difficulties and sleeping problems.

  • We come to you where your child is already practising these skills to make the learning more meaningful.
  • We hold parent information workshops to help you develop your child’s skills and independence.
  • We provide professional development workshops to help your child’s educators better understand how to adapt their programme to develop your child’s independence, development and learning.
  • More information about Everyday Skills.
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