Transition 2 School groups are aimed at providing intense therapy to children starting school.
A number of therapists target fundamental motor, cognitive and communication skills that will assist a child to acquire the knowledge and skills to transition successfully into a formalised school setting.
What are some of the goals addressed?
Occupational Therapy goals:
- Independently using the toilet
- Dress and undress
- Holds pencil correctly and can make simple drawings
- Can draw simple shapes and pre-writing patterns
- Can open own lunch box etc
- Looks after own belongings
- Can sit for up to 15 minutes at either table or floor based activity
- Identify own school bag and belongings
- Sharing with peers
- Participating in free time games with peers
Speech Pathology Goals
- Share with peers
- Take turns
- Line up
- Getting to know others
- Making and maintaining friendships
- Asking and answering questions
- Vocabulary development
- Pre-reading skills e.g. rhyming, syllable counting, looking at what sounds the letters make, increasing vocabulary and concept knowledge
- Giving news
- Follow longer and more complicated two and three-step instructions e.g. pack away the pencils, get your book and sit on the mat – kids in kindy are expected to understand 3 step instructions
- Recognises own name in print
- Expresses/indicates needs and wants
- Speaks clearly
- Can manage to eat a packed lunch
- Can use a tissue/handkerchief
When are the groups on?
The session runs for 3-5 days during the NSW school holidays each year. The groups are run by Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. We also offer a weekly group throughout the year when we have adequate numbers.