Early Intervention

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

Therapies

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.

Vis Play

VisAbility offers Western Australia’s only playgroup during school term specifically for children who have vision impairment. Many parents say Vis Play is a great way to connect with others, share experiences and to learn skills to promote their child’s development. The sessions are facilitated by our qualified Social Worker Michelle Shinnick.

When: Wednesday mornings during term time
Time: 10:00am – 12:00 pm
Where: VisAbility, Children & Youth Services, 61 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park WA 6100

A typical session at VisPlay includes:

  • Morning circle
  • Book sharing
  • Free play such as a sensory craft
  • Morning tea
  • Outside play
  • Farewell song

Costs and funding can be incorporated into your NDIS plan. We never like to turn families away and we look at your individual circumstances. For more information email childrens.programs@visability.com.au

Group Programs

Our It Takes Two To Talk parent workshop runs weekly on Wednesday mornings during Term 2. This program aims to teach you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important communication teacher.

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.