Tiny Sparks WA Developmental Play Group
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 discharge.
By partnering with specialist pediatric therapists and early learning specialists, the Tiny Sparks WA Developmental Play Group has been designed to assist parents with developmental monitoring in a quality play based setting.
The Tiny Sparks WA ‘Developmental Play Group’ aims to:
1. Provide ‘at-risk’ 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.
Our group usually runs fortnightly on Wednesdays from 10:15 - 11:45am at the Meerilinga Cockburn Children & Family Centre with Senior Physiotherapist, Senior Occupational Therapist and Senior Speech Pathologist from Wize Therapy in attendance on a rotational basis.
A maximum of 12 children, aged 6 to 36 months, ensures the specialists can observe each child (through play) during the session. The sessions are led by an experienced Meerilinga play group leader with a combination of some structure and free play.