Communication is our specialty. Speech, language, fluency (stuttering) and social communication is our jam. Some of us are specialists in feeding (eating).
In early intervention we usually do therapy through play and daily routines, getting parents involved to make sure children receive the intensity required to make progress we’re proud of!
Occupational Therapists know all about activities of daily living. In early intervention this includes dressing, eating, playing, sleeping, toileting, and how to support children’s behaviour.
We help parents understand their child’s sensory needs and put strategies in across the day to improve a child’s regulation skills.
We are the nutrition experts! Dietitians help parents provide their child with nutritional food to stimulate growth and development.
Dietitians can help children who have restricted diets due to sensory differences, swallowing issues or allergies, are outside the recommended weight range, or have failure to thrive.
Therapies and Programs
Children learn to understand the world through play and play is where they express their subconscious self.
Our experienced Play Therapist/Psychologist (prov.) uses children's natural play to help the child gain an understanding of their current difficulties and explore new ways of interacting in the world.
Music Moves: For children who like to dance and move to music. An Occupational Therapist and Music Therapist provides strategies to help their child regulate their body using music.
Music Talks: For children who can remain seated in a group environment. A Speech Pathologist and Music Therapist use music and singing to improve their child’s communication skills.
Parent Training Programs
Parents are raving about our Hanen Programs! Run by skilled Speech Pathologists these intensive 12 week programs give parents techniques to help their child’s communication skills.
It Takes Two to Talk: For parents of toddlers and pre-school children with delayed language development.
More than Words: For parents of toddlers and pre-school children with delayed communication development.
TalkAbility: For parents of children with average language skills but have social communication difficulties.
Fast tracking early intervention because infants and toddlers have the right to therapy in their most important years!
Tiny Dots Early Intervention is a not-for-profit charity born from Dot to Dot Early Intervention.
Tiny Dots services children aged 0-2 on a short term assessment and education basis while they await funding and ongoing therapeutic input.
Community Care Clinic (CCC)
When: Thursdays (fortnightly)
Who: 0–3-year-old children
Cost: Free – a gift from Dot to Dot to our community
Our Purpose: to identify children at risk of, or with delayed communication skills and give parents advice on what to do/where to go to access support.
Our Goal: For parents to feel confident knowing whether their child needs further assessment, monitoring or therapy.
Two Speech Pathologists will be in a large clinic room.
Two children and their parents will share the room (and playground if the weather is good), your child will be allocated to a Speech Pathologist who will sit with you and your child to discuss their development; speech, language, social communication, feeding and fluency.
They will give their advice; referral (e.g. hearing assessment), wait and monitor, or commence therapy, and fill in a screening assessment form for you to take home and share with other professionals.
This is not a formal assessment, our CCC is for screening purposes only.
Avoid bringing siblings if possible.
While home and community visits are often a preferred location for services, you are also welcome to attend therapy sessions in our clinic. We are located at South Barwon Community Centre in Belmont.
Therapy can be anywhere
Education / Corporate Training
We are different to other programs because our focus is on applying knowledge. Therefore, training in this personalised manner supports your team to implement the strategies.
At Dot to Dot, we recognise that every learning environment is different and strategies from generic workshops can be hard to implement in your own space. Learning in our natural environment works best. We know this for our children but forget about ourselves. At Dot to Dot we do it differently.
We come to you.
We will explore your environment and the challenges your team experiences.
With your input, we'll choose questions or topics to discuss, then Dot to Dot will create and provide a workshop designed specifically for you.Your program can include presentations, group discussions, activities, observation and individual feedback.
We can set up a mentoring program so staff may contact Dot to Dot with questions and together we can develop strategies to manage the situation.
Our workshops can be held at our location in Belmont or in your own space.
Contact us to discover how this could work for you.