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Tiny Sparks WA Developmental Playgroup

Reaching developmental milestones in premature and sick full termers can vary largely and it is likely that they will reach major milestones later than babies born full term. This is due to the fact that they are younger or have had a difficult start to life. However in some instances delays in development are indications that further specialists assessment and early intervention is required. 

Monitoring development and keeping a close eye on babies and toddlers as they grow is of significant concern to many parents and a source of much worry; it is part of the Neonatal Unit journey that does not end with being discharged.

By partnering with specialist paediatric therapists and early learning specialists, the Tiny Sparks WA Developmental Playgroup has been designed to assist parents with developmental monitoring in a quality play based setting.

Objectives

The Tiny Sparks WA ‘Developmental Playgroup’ aims to:
1. Provide ‘at-risk’ babies and toddlers (due to prematurity or other complication / illness at birth) with high-level monitoring from a range of allied health professionals;
2. Provide guidance and advice to parents on their toddler’s development, particularly in regards to areas where deficits are more commonly noted in infants born very prematurely or otherwise at risk;
3. Provide parents with affordable short-term access to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists for their children;
4. Provide parents with a social opportunity to interact with parents who have travelled similar journeys;
5. Provide toddlers with social opportunities in a safe environment with strict wellness policies; and
6. Provide families with a continuing connection to the groups they met during the Neonatal Unit journeys.


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More information

In 2019 we are pleased to expand our program and run two streams. Each group runs fortnightly during school terms, on Tuesday mornings from 10am - 11:30am at Ability Centre, Coolbinia.  Each session is facilitated by an experienced Play Leader and attended by suitably qualified and experienced Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist on a rotational basis.

A maximum of 12 children are accepted into each group on a first come first served basis. The groups are broken up as follows:

  1. 6 months to Walking

  2. Walking to age 3

Limiting the number of participants ensures the specialists can observe each child (through play) during the session, however is not intended to be a substitute for one-on-one therapy. Placements in the program are heavily subsidised by our fundraising efforts, we are therefore unable to offer any further discounts or pro-rata fees.

A strict wellness policy applies as the attendees are considered 'medically fragile' and we ask that anyone who has been unwell in the prior 48 hours to avoid attending the group.