Growing up blind or vision impaired is full of challenges. From your child’s early years, through school and into adulthood, our multidisciplinary team is here to nurture the skills and confidence your child needs to live the life they choose. To learn and grow and thrive.
Early childhood (0 – 6 years) is a period of rapid growth and learning. Your child may be at developmental risk if they don’t have learning opportunities that cater to their vision impairment needs.
VisAbility’s early childhood intervention service includes a range of therapists who are skilled in working with young children to support their development and learning.
Our team is expert in vision, and the impact that vision impairment has on children’s development. We work with parents and early childhood educators to support children’s learning and development at home, childcare, school and in the community.
Our services can help your child to:
- Learn early movement skills such as sitting, crawling and walking
- Learn independence skills such as dressing, toileting, brushing their teeth
- Regulate their emotions
- Development and management of their emotions and expressing themselves
- Be supported to eat and drink safely, including finger feeding and how to use a cup and cutlery
- Communicating wants, needs and preferences
- Transition to school
Families are allocated a Key Worker, who is their primary contact for their child’s services at VisAbility, and have access to a comprehensive therapy team. This approach is supported by best practice in Early Childhood Intervention.
We run a number of group programs each week, which are designed to be fully accessible and inclusive for younger children living with a vision impairment.
- Fitness, Food and Fun – physical activity and healthy living for kids aged 4-6
- VisPlay – WA’s only playgroup, specifically for children who have vision impairment
- It Takes Two To Talk – step-by-step learning to become your child’s most important communication teacher.
Learn more about our different Group Programs for younger children.
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational therapy
- Orientation and mobility
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Speech pathology
Generalist therapy services
If your child has a disability other than vision impairment, or you have concerns around developmental delay, find out more about services through Kites Children’s Therapy, including Kites Toybox and Dog Assisted Therapy.
If your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may be interested in Autism Assistance Dogs provided through Guide Dogs WA.
Find out more about funding options available for your family.