At Little Grubbs Orchard, we provide ABA therapeutic behavioural support for individuals and families impacted by developmental disorders and challenging behavioural issues including:
Behaving and concentrating are essential in order to easily sustain attention to an activity to learn new skills, interact with others and play independently or with others.
Difficulties with behaviour and concentration can socially isolate children (as well as their parents) and also contribute to learning difficulties.
Our Therapists are specialists in helping children develop effective sensory reactions as well as developing strategies to support appropriate behaviour and attention. We help children develop play skills (independent play as well as with others) including turn taking, planning how to play, and interacting with others.
Children who struggle with behaviour, attention and concentration can have difficulties with:
Concentration and sustained attention to an activity (even an enjoyable one)
Behaviour that is consistently appropriate to the situation or demands
Self Regulating (adjusting) their physical activity, emotional state or thoughts to match the situation or task
Appropriate sensory reactions to stimuli/life events (children may over or under-react which impacts not only their attention and behaviour but also their learning).
Sitting to engage in, or sustain engagement in, activities in order to complete them
Learning across the board that is age appropriate
Communication is an important life skill that children learn at a very young age. Unfortunately, it is common for many children with autism to have delays in speech, and difficulty in communicating others.
Our Oral Motor & Language Therapy program effectively addresses language and communication in an effort to help children learn to communicate their needs.
Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on teaching communication and language. From day one we focus on teaching our clients how to advocate for themselves by requesting items and activities they want and need.
Learning requires the combination of attention and concentration, language, memory, problem solving, organisation, and the ability to plan and sequence thoughts. When learning is challenging, the most immediate indicator of difficulty is often poor behaviour, reflecting avoidance or rapid and extreme disengagement.
Our Therapists are trained to help children develop the foundation skills that allow learning (in all its forms) to occur. This includes physical, language, play, attention/concentration and behaviour. Children who have learning difficulties can struggle with:
Play and Socials skills are the foundations of mature learning skills that require attention and concentration, appropriate behaviour, effective language skills and the ability to plan and sequence physical skills (e.g. games) and to anticipate what might happen next. Without these skills, play skills are few and repetitive (or bossy) and social skills are underdeveloped resulting in social isolation. Both can also contribute to learning delays.
Our Therapists are skilled in supporting children to develop play and social interaction skills, including turn taking, anticipating what’s coming next and reading facial and body gestures to help read ‘social cues’. Children who struggle with play and social skills can have difficulties with:
Moving your body, whether in play or in the course of daily activities, helps children to keep their attention, allows them to engage in play skills like running, jumping, and ball skills and helps them to easily engage in self care skills such as dressing, getting on/off the toilet, getting in/out of the car, and stepping over objects on the floor or moving around furniture.
Our Therapists help children enhance their body or spatial awareness, physical coordination, endurance and planning and sequencing of their movements in order to develop their physical skills for play, moving around and self care skills. Children who struggle with whole body movement skills can have difficulties with:
Self Care skills
Skillfully using your fingers is necessary for academic skills like writing and cutting; play skills like Lego construction and manipulation of small toy pieces; and self care skills such as using zips and buttons, opening lunch boxes, tying shoelaces and cleaning teeth.
Our Therapists can help children develop the fundamental fingers skills that are crucial for academic, play and self care skill development. Children who struggle with fiddly finger skills can have difficulties with:
If there are any questions or you are interested in knowing Little Grubbs Orchard more, please do not hesitate to call us. We are always happy to help you!