Why we have GNC kids

At Geelong Neuro Centre Kids, we encourage a creative and flexible approach to therapy, challenging the stereotypes of children with a disability. Our therapy service provides an opportunity for clients, who range from infants to 18 years old to undergo specialised assessment and regular therapy to achieve their highest potential and work towards their goals. Our technology and equipment is second to none and we use a variety of diverse techniques of both traditional and non traditional therapies.

Our technology and equipment is second to none.

Meet the GNC Kids Team

We encourage a creative and flexible approach to therapy.

GNC Kids Services

Occupational Therapists use specialist techniques and equipment to help your child participate in the activities they need or want to do in their day.

Our team can assist with:

  • Functional physical skills to assist to increase independence in daily activities
  • Strategies to support a child’s sensory needs in various environments
  • Play development
  • Develop age appropriate social skills and self confidence
  • Executive functioning skills including problem solving, organisational skills, time management and developing daily routines.
  • Developing skills to facilitate the transition from childhood to adulthood
  • Assessment, prescription, adaptation and adjustments for adaptive seating systems, positioning systems and mobility devices

Our aim is to improve function and develop strategies to improve your child’s communication, language and swallowing to enable optimised participation in daily activities and social situations.

Our team can assist with:

  • Communication (listening and speaking)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Pragmatics (Social skills)
  • Articulation (Speech Sounds)
  • Stuttering and Disfluency
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Feeding (eating and drinking skills)
  • Play skills

Exercise Physiologists assist in driving neuroplasticity and motor development to promote:

  • Improved muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and mobility
  • Improve motor development and physical fitness
  • Improve gait through treadmill and movement pattern training
  • Improve motor learning, planning, skills and coordination
  • Assist with emotional regulation
  • Lifestyle and behaviour modification to decrease challenging behaviours
  • Increase community participation and social interaction
  • Return to sport injury management for children
  • Functional exercise that is task specific to activities of daily living

Paediatric Physiotherapists specialise and diagnose children with neurological, physical and developmental delays. Our Physiotherapists are skilled in assessment and prescription of interventions that meet your child’s goals and improve functional capacity, focussing on physical abilities and movement.

Our team of Physiotherapists can assist with:

  • Improve ability by focussing on muscle strength, range of motion and muscle control.
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills.
  • Task specific training like rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, climbing.
  • Neurodevelopmental therapies and movement training.
  • Improve sensory impairments through sensorimotor interventions.
  • Improve postural control, balance and coordination.
  • ​​Prescription of appropriate walking aids

We commonly see children withdrawing from day-to-day activity and exercise because of sore, tired or painful feet and legs.

Our Podiatrists, are here to work as part of your child’s team to help them reach their goals. This could be reducing foot or ankle pain to allow ongoing participation in an activity, walking without pain or fatigue or playing their desired sport.

Our Podiatrists can help with:

  • Low tone
  • Hyper-mobility
  • Footwear
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • In-Toeing (Pigeon Toeing)
  • Tired/Sore legs
  • Heel Pain/Sever’s Heel Syndrome
  • Toe Walking
  • Tineas Pedis / Athletes Foot
  • Warts
  • In-Growing Toenails

We use a variety of traditional & non-traditional therapy techniques.

Specialised Services for Kids

GNC offers Intensive Programs, which are therapy sessions that focus on 1 or 2 specific goals and take place over a condensed period of time. These programs are suitable for children over 12 months old and are available to both new and existing clients in Geelong and across Victoria.

What is it?

Our intensive therapy program duration varies from 2-6 hours per day, across one to two weeks, based on the client’s age, diagnosis, and goals. We employ an interdisciplinary approach with physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and speech therapy sessions that include play, therapeutic exercises, and fun activities to help you or your child achieve their objectives.

The take home

Our therapy sessions always include a Home Exercise Program. During the last few days of each intensive session, our therapists create “How To” videos and teach caregivers how to assist their child with exercises at home and transfer to everyday routines and environments. With the guidance and mentoring of our skilled team, you’ll need to be ready to practice and get involved.

We offer one off assessments for many different reasons including, funding support for both NDIS and school, determining capacity and diagnosis and to provide consultation with strategies to help children be the best they can be.

Assessments can involve formal standardised tests, dynamic assessments using play, conversation and other strategies. Observation of your child’s interactions and communication with others (eg. peers, family members), their body in movement, questionnaires and profiles.

We will also use information gathered from your child/adolescent, other professionals who know your child, including teachers, psychologists, and doctors, as well as other members of your child’s team to formulate a complete picture. If you have concerns about your child’s communication, social, gross and fine motor skills, friendship or academic skills please book in for assessment today.

In addition our speech and language pathologists assist Paediatricians and paediatric psychologists to provide a multidisciplinary approach to Autism Assessments. Part of our contribution is to complete a language, and social pragmatic assessment on the child. At times this may involve us making a school or kindergarten visit to observe the child in a natural setting.

Standardised assessments including the BOT-2 to provide a framework to guide future goals and treatment

The Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) is a manual therapy technique designed to aid children with motor delays by improving automatic postural responses, driving neuroplasticity, and achieving new motor skills to reach developmental milestones.

DMI therapy:

  • Focuses on improving postural control and developing skeletal and joint maturity for joint and muscle health.
  • Includes active functional stretching to maintain healthy muscle length and progress through exposure to gravity.
  • Focuses on gross motor skills, range of motion, balance, and global development.

DMI can be used in conjunction with other therapies for children with any type of gross motor delay, and it can benefit various conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Hypotonia, Genetic disorders, Chromosomal abnormalities, spinal cord lesions, and acquired brain injury.

The Universal Exercise Unit, also known as the Spider Cage, is a three-sided wire device that employs a belt and bungee cords to aid children in performing balance and strengthening exercises with proper alignment and positioning.

The Spider Cage

  • assists therapists in providing independent movement, partial weight bearing support, and functional skill practice in various developmental positions.
  • It challenges balance reactions, facilitates challenging movements, and provides a safe environment for older children to participate in therapy.
  • It enables children to practice falling, stimulates the vestibular system, and systematically reduces assistance to increase weight-bearing until the child can perform tasks independently.

Our kids enjoy using the Spider Cage and frequently request it for their therapy sessions. It is a critical part of intensive therapy blocks and is used by all members of the multidisciplinary team.

Our therapy is delivered as a collaborative approach.

Groups for Kids

Our Lego® therapy groups incorporate evidence-informed play-based therapy that supports children’s social communication.

Each child has an opportunity to practise and develop a wide range of skills, including language skills (in both giving and receiving instructions) , turn-taking, negotiating, sharing and collaborative social problem-solving. It also encourages children to reflect on their own actions and skills as well as give constructive feedback to their peers.

This is a program for children aged 4-12 years (approximately) who experience challenges building friendships, interacting with peers and working as a team. Children will be matched into small groups of 3 children based on age and social communication challenges for 6 sessions.

The first of its kind within the region, our exercise physiologists have collaboratively developed a group to target gross motor skills in a fun way. Gross motor skills assist children to complete daily activities including walking, running, climbing, throwing and catching. They also assist a child to develop independence in everyday activities. For example standing on one leg to put on your pants when getting dressed.

Aims of Group:

  • To assist children in developing their balance, co-ordination, stability, strength, core and other gross motor skills.
  • Provide an encouraging environment to encourage children to push themselves
  • To incorporate physical and gross motor exercises into fun, energetic games and activities.

Our art and craft therapy group incorporates evidence-based play therapy that supports adolescent and children’s social communication.

Art and Craft based programs focus on a child’s strengths to build their confidence to participate in something new. Participants will be guided through strategies to learn to look to peers for information, learn to build relationships in a safe and respectful environment and take with them experience in turn-taking and sharing. Art and craft therapy groups incorporate values of inclusion, respect and a space to express identity through art. Using a group method will provide children the opportunity to build their language skills, negotiation and problem solving skills. Children will be encouraged to give feedback to each other and to themselves throughout the one hour session.

This is a program for children aged 7-12 years who experience challenges building friendships, interacting with peers and working as a team.

Geelong Neuro Centre is excited to offer the soSAFE workshop to NDIS clients aged 15-19 and their primary carers. This program teaches social safety skills and positive relationship practices to individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism. The program will be run by speech pathologist Kristen Larcombe and will take place over 5 sessions, 2 with primary carers and 3 with NDIS clients.

The training will be tailored to each individual and will teach strategies for safe decision making and building relationships. Kristen is experienced in working with clients in the disability sector and has a passion for social safety and consent.

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Geelong Neuro Centre is a registered NDIS provider.

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