The Saturday Explorers program is specifically tailored for children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), The program delivers morning and afternoon sessions which provide educational therapy to children who are experiencing difficulty in their personal development.
Under the guidance of the Interchange Canterbury staff who are experienced and trained in working with children who have complex needs, your child will actively assimilate sensory input through a playful context and generate regulated reactions in response through a range of activities. The program aims to provide a neural platform which promotes the development of skills and reactions, rather than addressing the symptoms of SPD we are addressing the underlying neurological factors which are essential in sustaining change for the child.
The specific goals of the Saturday Explorer program is to improve children’s participation, communication skills, social skills, self-esteem and sensory-motor abilities.
Your child while having fun will be working at building essential skills and improving their neurological system.
It takes a lot of hard work but in the end you will have a thriving child who can regulate sensory input more effectively.
- Fortnightly sensory based activities
- Ideal for children with sensory processing needs
- Supported by staff who are experienced and trained in working with children with complex needs
- Activities located at Interchange Canterbury
- Morning and afternoon sessions
- Activities developed to enhance levels of engagement
Alternate Saturdays – Sessions: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+ (1:1 support can be purchased)
The Interchange Recre8 Junior program provides great recreational activities to engage your children over the weekend or school holidays. These activities offer opportunities for children to develop friendships and engage in a broad range of community activities based on their interests, needs, choices and abilities.
This program is packed with activities to entertain the kids all day, introducing them to the benefits of exercise and fitness in a fun inclusive environment. It’s our goal to provide a safe and stimulating program which improves basic fundamental movements, sporting/life skills, well-being, building confidence, independence, participation and above all having fun while making new friends along the way.
Getting out and being active is a major part of a child’s health and well-being, and plays a vital role in every child’s development. Who would of thought that recreation could mean so much?
- Regular and planned recreation activity groups
- Range of options available for participants based on individual preferences
- Fun and engaging activities to explore in the local community
- Each group designed to develop and maintain friendships
- Term timetables available to families in advance
- Meals included in most activities
- Drop off and pickup from Canterbury, Melbourne
Friday – Saturday – Sunday 5hr+ Activities
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+ (1:1 support can be purchased )
The Individual Care Program is a service through which families, often with the support of case managers or agencies, can purchase respite support. It is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and family in a flexible and responsive way. Respite Support Workers provide indivudalised support and care to the young person with the disability, in the home or in the community on a one to one basis. Interchange Co-ordinators oversee the provision of respite services in accordance with individual needs and allocated funding.
Funding for individualised respite care can be accessed through a variety of sources. The development of the Individual Support Package (ISP) scheme is one example of this. DHS ISP funding is limited and there is a specific process to follow to access ISP funding. This usually involves working with a Case Manager through a brokerage agency and requires the completion of an application for the Disability Support Register (DSR). Interchange Inner East does not function as an ISP facilitator.
Interchange Inner East can provide information to families about how to access short term, holiday and emergency funding for respite from a range of organisations. Examples of possible funding sources include Yooralla Breakaway Program and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.
Individual Care Program costs:
- Brokerage funding required to access this program
- parents responsible for costs of activities
All new referrals for the Individual Care Program must be directed through the Interchange Intake system before being eligible to access Interchange Inner East Respite services.
The Host Program co-ordinates voluntary support to families. The aim is to ensure a regular break for families, by sharing the care of the child with a disability, with a matched volunteer. The volunteer/s or volunteer families provide respite by supporting the child, either in their home or in the community, on a regular basis. The agreed support can be a regular few hours, overnight or weekends.
Becoming a host is a rewarding experience. Hosts need to be over 18 years of age. They may be single, living with a partner, with or without children. Hosts undergo a police check and must obtain a working with children check.
The development of the host match is supported by the Interchange Inner East Host Coordinator.
It is very normal to have some anxiety, reservations and possibly guilt when you decide to access respite for your family through the Host Program. We encourage you to explore these feelings with either the Host Program Co-ordinator or other respite program staff.
The match is carefully placed to meet mutual needs of the child, the child’s natural family and the host family. If the program in which your child is involved is not successful, the situation will be reviewed with possible strategies and solutions explored and agreed upon in consultation with all parties.
There is never any pressure to continue or sustain an unsatisfactory match. You will be offered support and debriefing if this situation arises. It is acknowledged that family circumstances are constantly changing and individual needs are always catered for.
Hosting program costs:
- no costs incurred for family
- minimal volunteer reimbursement contribution for HOST families
If you are looking to become a host:
- Contact Interchange Host Program Coordinator ph 98369811
- An interview will then be organised to discuss your needs and interests and suitability to become a host.
- You will then need to undergo a risk assessment in your home and are required to meet eligibility criteria.
Need some fun for your kids these holidays? We have loads of action planned to provide endless entertainment. Our School Holiday Program is a fun, inclusive, supportive and flexible program for children, it’s guaranteed to teach, inspire and exhaust even the most restless of children.
We believe in instilling positive and healthy attitudes at an early age by providing a safe, nurturing and fun environment for children to reach their full potential. We know that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work, thus the School Holiday Program at Interchange is flexible in catering to the needs and interests of children attending, therefore a variety of exciting fun filled activities are on offer everyday for your children to enjoy.
The activities your children will participate in for example are based on arts and crafts, sports, team games, cooking, science, construction, problem solving, dance and drama.
- A diverse range of options for community and center based activities
- Supports participants with both high and low support needs in separate program streams
- Supports choice for flexibility of available activities
- Operates across all school holidays
- Extended operating hours supports parent employment obligations
8:30am- 5:30pm weekdays during school holidays
Support Ratio 1:2, 1:3+