Services we provide for children
Here you will find an outline of all services that Glasswing Therapy currently provide for children in the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast regions. Telehealth appointments are also available for interstate and international clients for certain services.
Paediatric Speech Pathology
Speech pathologists work with both adults and children towards improving communication, literacy and feeding skills.
This may include:
Eliminating or reducing the impact of language delays/disorders
Eliminating the presence of a stutter
Help with reading and writing
Help with auditory memory, auditory processing, and listening skills
Assistance with social skills and social communication (body language, tone of voice etc)
Assistance with fussy feeding, tube feeding/weaning, and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
Assistance with breast and bottle feeding
Using an alternative method of communication for clients who have difficulty communicating using words (eg iPad, eye gaze or switch technology, visuals etc).
Elimination of voice disorders
A Paediatric Physiotherapist offers early intervention for children who may have neurological and developmental delays as well as sensory impairments related to hearing and vision. Physiotherapy also helps children with biomechanical, positional and sports injuries. Some children may present with multiple issues that can be helped by seeing a Paediatric Physiotherapist.
Some examples of common concerns that parents may have include:
Premature babies (<36 weeks gestational age) or low birth weight babies (<1500g)
Newborn babies having difficulty turning their heads
Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time
Newborn babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after 7 weeks old
Children who have difficulty with rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
Children with pigeon toes, bow legs, in-rolling ankles, knock knees.
Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running
Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
Children and teenagers who have any sports related injuries
Children with poor posture or children who complain of frequent muscular pain
Paediatric Occupational Therapy
The goal of occupational therapy is to help children become more independent in everyday tasks. Examples of skills an OT might work on include:
Self-care tasks (brushing teeth, buttoning clothes and using eating utensils)
Hand-eye coordination (learning to write on a classroom whiteboard, or copy in a notebook what the teacher writes on the board)
Fine motor skills (grasping and control a pencil, using scissors)
Planning and organization (helping a teen plan a trip to his locker to swap books, gym clothes or a musical instrument for the next class period)
Physical outlets (helping kids with behavior issues find better outlets than hitting someone when they’re frustrated or angry)
Appropriate responses (helping kids with sensory processing issues respond to sensations in a more appropriate way)
Paediatric Nutrition & Dietetics
A dietitian assesses the nutritional status of a patient or client and provides recommendations and education to address any nutrition concerns or to promote general healthy eating habits.
Because a child’s nutrition status, starting at birth, significantly affects their physical growth and neurological status throughout their life, the focus when working with children is making sure the child is gaining weight and growing appropriately, their nutrient needs are met, and that we introduce healthy eating habits as early as possible so that those habits will follow them the rest of their life.
Input from a dietitian is especially important if your child is a very fussy eater, or is fed through an NG or G tube.
Paediatric Psychology and Counselling
Our child psychologists are trained to offer assessment and intervention in the following areas:
Behavioural difficulties (e.g. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder)
Concentration and learning difficulties (e.g. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Emotional problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
Tic Disorders (e.g. Tourette’s)
Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence based approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities who use challenging behaviour. Being an evidenced based practice means that Positive Behaviour Support has been proven to be successful. Positive Behaviour Support seeks to both improve the quality of life of the person with a disability and to reduce the impact of the person's challenging behaviour. Positive Behaviour Support seeks to improve quality of life by understanding why a person needs to engage in challenging behaviour, and then addressing that need.
To do this Positive Behaviour Support relies on three related elements:
understanding why the person engages in challenging behaviour (this understanding is developed by conducting a Functional Behaviour Assessment);
finding the environmental causes for challenging behaviour, and then modifying them so that the behaviour is unnecessary;
teaching the person new skills to meet their needs without having to resort to challenging behaviour.
These elements are focused on the overall objective of improving quality of life and reducing the impact of challenging behaviour.
We can link your child in with a paediatric audiologist to determine current hearing levels, or manage hearing device prescription and evaluation.
Trained specifically to work with infants and children, a pediatric audiologist has special equipment and administers hearing tests specifically for children.
School and Educational Support
Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary disability specialists with expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. As allied health professionals, Developmental Educators (also referred to as DE’s) have a practical approach and work holistically across the life span to address issues which may affect the function, independence and social inclusion of individuals with disability, their families and carers
Developmental Educators may perform the following tasks:
work with people living with disability and their families to identify need, and establish goals to actively participate in community life
collaborate with people living with disability and their supports to plan, develop, implement and evaluate education, training and/or support programs in areas such as independent living, mobility, learning, communication , self-care, positive behaviour support, mental health, social, recreational, arts, sexual health, positive ageing and employment.
provide case management services to people living with disability and their supports
liaise and work with community services and other professionals to provide access and opportunities to gain supports as members of a community.
facilitate self-advocacy and/or negotiate along with people living with disability to achieve access to the opportunities desired to achieve goals and aspirations for a good life.
The trans-disciplinary approach is a framework for allowing members of an educational team to contribute knowledge and skills, collaborate with other members, and collectively determine the therapy that most would benefit a child. This approach integrates a child’s developmental needs across the major developmental domains and involves a greater degree of collaboration than other service delivery models.
A trans-disciplinary approach requires the team members to share roles and systematically cross discipline boundaries. The primary purpose of this approach is to pool and integrate the expertise of team members so that more efficient and comprehensive assessment and intervention services may be provided.
The communication style in this type of team involves continuous give-and-take between all members (especially with the parents) on a regular, planned basis. Professionals from different disciplines teach, learn, and work together to accomplish a common set of intervention goals for a child and family. The role differentiation between disciplines is defined by the needs of the situation rather than by discipline-specific characteristics.
Assessment, intervention, and evaluation are carried out jointly by designated members of the team.
Paediatric Feeding Clinic
Glasswing Therapy provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary paediatric feeding clinic where all of your child's feeding needs are assessed and considered on an individual basis. This service is available for Australian and international clients through face to face and telehealth appointments.
We run a successful structured tube weaning program with both gentle and intensive tube weaning options available for suitable clients. This program is being meticulously analysed as part of Amber's latest postgraduate research (our director and principal speech pathologist), and is one of the first of it's kind available worldwide.
Our multidisciplinary feeding team can assist with:
Babies who are having difficulty attaching for breast feeding
Babies with poorly coordinated sucking abilities
Infants/children with poor weight gain/growth (inc. 'failure to thrive')
Babies and infants coughing and ‘choking’ on milk feeds (breast or bottle)
Children gagging on lumps
Children vomiting on food
Infants refusing any foods with lumps or those that require
chewing (ie. only tolerating smooth puree).
Toddlers experiencing weight loss due to inefficient feeding
Behavioural challenges related to food and eating
Fussy and picky eaters
Children with oral sensory defensiveness and oral aversions
Feeding and swallowing difficulties secondary to gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, intolerances etc
Transitioning from tube feeds to oral feeds (tube weaning) (inc. NG, PEG, PEG-J tubes etc)
Babies and children with medical, physical, developmental, or neurological conditions affecting their feeding (eg. Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, specific genetic conditions)
Anxiety, fear, and other emotional factors relating to feeding
Most therapy services require face-to-face interaction between the therapist and the patient. With telehealth, you can still enjoy the same interaction in real time using video and audio. The client can use their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer during their sessions, so they can see and interact normally despite being in a separate location.
Many clients are opting for this type of service to reduce waiting times, improve access to services, eliminate travel time to/from the clinic, and have the ability to access high quality clinicians from any location across the globe!
Clients accessing our telehealth services report a high satisfaction rate, and similar outcomes to those attending face to face sessions. With interactive games and worksheets provided throughout your child's online therapy sessions, they are sure to look forward to therapy!
Many third parties such as schools, aged care facilities, hospitals, and preschools are accessing telehealth services for therapy to improve educational and academic outcomes in a timely and cost effective manner. If you are interested in this service for your facility, please call us on (07) 5524 6538 to discuss your needs further.