Transition To School Group

Transition To 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.

When are the groups on?

The session runs for 3-5 days during the NSW January school holidays each year. The groups are run by Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.

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
  • Sorting/categorising
  • 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