How long will my child need to attend therapy? This is very dependent on your child’s particular profile. Our therapist will be regularly reviewing your child’s progress, and feedback and discussion with yourself as a parent is an important part of ongoing therapy. Many children move from individual sessions to group sessions before concluding therapy.
How often will my child need to attend therapy? For most families, it is recommended to attend one one-hour session each week, to maintain the intensity of the therapy and support. Attending less frequently can result in smaller or slower gains for your child. However we understand that each child’s needs and family situation vary, and your therapist will discuss their recommendations with you at your child’s assessment.
What improvements can I expect to see? This is very dependent on the individual profile of your child. We will work with you as a family towards common goals for your child, discussed initially at your child’s assessment, and continually updated during sessions.
Research demonstrates that intensive programs lead to better outcomes. With this in mind, the therapists coach the parents in sessions to provide them with the skills to implement this approach at home.
How can I be sure that this approach is right for my child? We advise you to review information on all different approaches before making a decision, as taking on a therapeutic approach is an investment of both time and finances. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us on 02 9418 9995 or by email on email@example.com; we will get a therapist in touch with you to discuss whether this approach is the right one for your family.
Will you help my child with handwriting issues? We will look at the underlying profile of your child which can lead to challenges in skills. If handwriting is a concern for your child, we will look at the underlying reasons and address these first, as well as providing information for you to continue work with at home.
Can you help my child with feeding issues? Yes. Our therapists are trained in understanding and treating feeding issues and can help with many areas, from limited diets/picky eating to improving the mechanics of your child’s feeding skills such as chewing and swallowing.
Can I request a specific therapist? Yes, however you may need to wait longer for sessions, as this will of course limit our ability to match to your availability. Please also consider that many of our therapists only work certain days of the week or have most of their session times filled by existing clients.
Do I need to attend these sessions with my child? We require that at least one parent or carer attend each session. This is because a large part of the therapy service provided involves coaching the parents or carers, as well as discussion and feedback.
The exception is in peer group sessions – these focus on therapist-supported peer interaction, and do not involve the parent during the main body of the session.
What can I expect at my child’s therapy session? This is very variable based on your child’s needs, overall and at any given session. Any session may include such activities as: equipment play, play with symbolic toys, sensory play, or many other activities. Your therapist will work with you during these sessions, through discussion and co-operation, to create the right level of challenge for your child, and to meet your child’s needs, often in multiple ways with one activity.
Will this therapy require work or time outside of my child’s sessions? What do I need to do? Generally, we will only see your child for one hour per week. A large part of our therapy approach is parent coaching; teaching you the skills to continue this approach at home and in the community, so that your child can receive this fantastic input consistently throughout all areas of their life.
We recommend that our families take blocks of twenty minutes to play using the Floortime approach. This consistency of care, at home and through the week, is what can help you to see the results that this program is capable of creating for your family.
If I can’t make my session, is there a cancellation fee? If you can’t make your appointment time, we will attempt to reschedule you for another appointment that week. If we are unable to do so, and we have not been given 24 hours’ notice, we will need to charge a cancellation fee. If you or your child are unwell, we understand that you cannot plan around illness, but appreciate as much notice as possible.
Are all sessions held in the therapy offices? Will my therapist visit my home or my child’s school/preschool/daycare? All of our regular sessions are held in our therapy offices. However, on request, your therapist can look into doing a visit to your child’s school/preschool/daycare, or to your home, to observe and to make recommendations.
What happens in a peer group session? When your child is ready for peer group sessions, your therapist will begin looking for a suitable peer partner/group and time. We match our peer groups very carefully, and will not offer a peer group until we are confident that this will be a good match and provide the right level of challenge for each child. We then need to find a time that works for both families as well as the therapist.
Once the peer group is ready to proceed, this will begin with a trial session, and if the children prove to be a good match, the peer group will continue.
In the peer session, parents are generally not included, except for a brief period at the end of the session (the last 5-10 minutes) when your therapist will discuss the session with you. Your child will come into the therapy room with their peer/peers, and the therapist will facilitate (rather than lead) a play session between these children. This is a great way to help your child develop the social skills which will support them throughout their life, in a controlled and supportive environment.
What happens in a social camp session? These work similarly to an extended peer group session, with a larger group of children and for two hours per day for a week. During this time, play between the children is facilitated by a number of therapists, who will support the children through this more complex situation. Camp also includes snack time, outdoors play (weather dependant,) and can include water play or crafts.
Can my child attend social camp in the holidays without attending regular sessions throughout the term? Yes, in particular for those families who are distant to the Kids World offices in Sydney; however, as our social camps are matched very carefully, we will need to see your child for an evaluation at least two weeks beforehand.
My child is being seen by another professional – will the Kids World therapist be able to communicate with other professionals to ensure consistent care for my child? Yes. Our staff will be more than happy to communicate with other professionals at your request, regarding your child’s care. We feel that co-ordinating care, and allowing for flexibility and the ability to integrate other approaches, can be of great benefit to your family.
What are your office hours? We are able to offer sessions during business hours, 9 am – 5 pm on Monday to Friday. Please be aware that the 3 pm and 4 pm sessions are in high demand and have a waiting list; many schools are willing to allow your child to leave a little early or come in a little late one day of the week to attend a therapy session.
We aim to meet your needs with these questions – please feel free to contact us on 02 9418 9995 or on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions we can help with.