Laura Harvey, Director
The beginning of Dot to Dot
From a young age, Laura knew it took only one person to believe in you for great change to happen. Having parents who work with children and care about their progress inspired Laura to take steps to extend their passion.
As a swimming teacher Laura began working with children with disabilities so at a young age she knew, helping children was something she was interested in pursuing.
After working as a Speech Pathologist Laura extended herself to become a Key Worker, learning about sensory needs, behaviour and emotional regulation. This gave her a holistic perspective which she cherishes.
In this time, Laura's philosophy of intervention expanded and she discovered the value of believing in the child and their family. Most importantly she concluded, there is no right or wrong approach. It was about understanding the child's perspective and learning how they need to learn.
Laura has studied; language development, social interactions, picky eating, speech sound disorders, sensory processing, behaviour support strategies, stuttering, and alternative communication methods (e.g. devices). Laura continues to expand her knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development and meeting new children every day.
Laura has training in the following programs:
PROMPT - A method that uses sensory-motor input to improve speech clarity
Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding - for picky eaters
Hanen Program: More than Words - A parent training program for pre-school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social communication difficulties
Hanen Program: TalkAbility - A parent training program for children aged 4 to 7 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or social communication difficulties
Early Start Denver Model - an ABA based method for holistic development in pre-school children
Greenspan Floortime/DIR Model - engagement, regulation and interaction focused method
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) - an alternative communication method for children learning how to send messages
Liberator LAMP - a motor based communication method using high-tech devices
Early Goals: Positive Behaviour Management - a parent training program designed to support the promotion of helpful behaviours
The Lidcombe Program - a stuttering program for pre-school and early school-aged children
Minnesota Executive Functioning Scale - a simple method to measure cognition (This tool does not replace cognitive assessments done by Psychologists)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) - recognised as the 'gold standard' Autism assessment