The Northern Kids Hub:
The Northern Kids Hub is the collective Hub of services located at Unit 27b, 797 Plenty Road, South Morang, 3752. The three services operating from the Northern Kids Hub are Time to Shine Therapy (Psychology Services), Sound it Out Speech Pathology and Building Blocks Occupational Therapy. These services have partnered up to provide families a multidisciplinary clinic to attend to receive the therapeutic services they require at the one location for their children. The benefits of this approach beyond convenience is that (with permission from the family) therapists are able to collaborate between services of mutual clients so to provide a holistic approach to helping that child with their specific needs. It increases efficacy of communication, reduces "double up" intervention between services, and allows the therapist to train with their own discipline to remain in the know of the most evidence based practices. Therapists can also support one another through ongoing professional development and peer supervision both within their own discipline, and across disciplines to form opinions and guide their therapy based on a range of approaches and ideas. If you have any questions relating to this approach, please feel free to ask us directly!
Meet our Partnering Speech Pathologists
Sound it Out Speech Pathology operate from the Northern Kids Hub in conjunction with Time to Shine Therapy and Building Blocks Occupational Therapy to provide a collaborative and multi-disciplinary service.
A Speech Pathologist is a university-trained health professional who works with anyone who has trouble communicating. This could be trouble with speech, language (including reading and writing), fluency (for example, stuttering), voice. Speech pathologists help people find the best way to communicate to meet their needs. This could include signs, symbols, gestures and other forms of assisted communication. They also help people who have trouble swallowing food and drink. They work in kindergartens and schools, hospitals, early intervention programs, community health centres, mental health services and private practice. They will generally use qualitative and quantitative methods to obtain where a child’s deficits may be in speech and language and use this to guide their intervention. Speech Pathologists goals will change also as social demands and language expectations changes throughout a lifetime for children on the autism spectrum. Speech goals can be met quite quickly though depending on the application to what is specifically being targeted (E.g. letter sounds). Sound it Out Speech Pathology provide speech pathology services for children to assist children in the development of communication skills, stuttering, literacy and phonological awareness, social skills and associated language delays. Sound it Out Speech Pathology sees children and adolescents aged 2-18.
Meet our Partnering Occupational Therapists
Building Blocks Occupational Therapy is a roaming service who also operate from the Northern Kids Hub with Time to Shine Psychology and Sound it Out Speech Pathology as a collaborative and multidisciplinary service.
Occupational Therapists (OT's) are university-trained health professionals who help people improve a child's ability to do everyday things that they want or need to do. OT's help people to: improve their ability to look after themselves (for example, eat, dress, or complete personal hygiene tasks), take part in tasks at work, school or preschool, or enjoy leisure activities. OT's work with people who might have difficulties because of injury or illness, psychological or emotional problems, developmental delay, intellectual disability or physical disability.
OT's work with children who can’t take full part in everyday life for some reason. The OT’s job is to help your child develop independent living skills and participate to the best of his ability in everyday activities. OT's consider all areas of your child’s development, including thinking, speech, language, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. OT's also look at your child’s environment, including physical, social or legislative barriers that can make life hard for your child, and try to find ways of improving the environment or working around these barriers.
Building Blocks Occupational Therapy is a private Occupational Therapy practice that aims to empower kids to reach their full potential. Our purpose is to help kids overcome life’s obstacles and challenges by facilitating a fun and safe environment where kids are fully engaged in the positive activities chosen to create a “just right challenge’, that enables them to develop the skill and confidence they need to successfully participate in everyday activities.