How do I get started?
Noah’s has a number of services available to families who have children with additional needs. If you have concerns about your child’s development or behaviour please contact our office on 4423 5022 to discuss your concerns with one of our staff.
Is my child eligible?
Your child may be eligible for Start Up, Key Worker, Individual Therapy, Small Group and Managing Children Program services from Noah’s if they are under 7 years old and have a diagnosis or a delay in more than one developmental area. To be eligible for the Kids Together program your child must have a diagnosis and attend a participating early childhood centre in the Illawarra. To be eligible for the Family Disability Support Program your child with an additional need must be attending school. To be eligible for programs run in partnership with the Aboriginal Community your child must attend either, Gudjahgahmiamia Childrens Centre, Jervis Bay Preschool or the Jerrinja Playgroup.
What does a Speech Pathologist do?
A Speech Pathologist sees children who have difficulty talking or understanding speech. They can help you with ways to encourage your child to communicate in the most effective way they can. Sometimes a Speech Pathologist may suggest other means of communication, such as pictures, Makaton signs or gestures. Speech Pathologists also work with children who have difficulty eating or drinking.
What is a Key Worker?
A Key Worker is an early childhood intervention professional and may be an Early Childhood Special Educator, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist. Your Key Worker becomes the main contact for all the family’s needs and is the person you see and talk to the most.
What does an Early Childhood Educator Do?
The Early Childhood Educators role is to develop your child’s learning skills particularly focusing on problem solving, thinking, basic concept development, memory, attention and school readiness. They can suggest ideas to families and preschools to assist with behaviour management, social skills and settling children into childcare or preparing them for school.
What is an Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP)?
An IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) is the planning process which ensures that everyone works in a coordinated way towards goals which reflect your concerns and priorities.
Individual: It meets the individual needs of your child and family.
Family: A family centred approach. You choose, in collaboration with others, goals for your child and family.
Service: Where all services work towards agreed goals.
Plan: This is a written plan of action that we all work from and regularly review.
IFSPs are usually held during first term however, you as parents/caregivers can decide when these meetings are held and how often.
You are able to invite anyone involved with your child or family to come along. This may include grandparents, friends, carers, community workers, therapists, preschool teachers etc.
Goals are set from the information you provide and from staff observations of your child. Activities are planned each week based on these goals.