The current Mt Isa BUSHkids centre was opened on the 31st of August 1996 and now has a team comprising of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Occupational Therapist (OT), Psychologist (Psych) and Family Health Support Worker (FHSW)
The Occupational Therapist assists children by helping them to participate in play, school and home activities. Helping children develop their gross motor skills (activities to do with big movements of the body), fine motor skills (strength, endurance and dexterity of the hand), visual perceptual skills (what our eyes do with the information we see), handwriting and self care skills (e.g. dressing, shoelaces, toileting).
The Speech Pathologist diagnoses and treats children who are unable to communicate effectively, which means they have trouble understanding or being understood. Communication difficulties encompass a range of abilities such as speech-sound production, using and understanding language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or reading and writing. Offering individual and group therapy, as well as support to parents and education staff.
The Psychologist provides individual and group therapy for children to enhance emotional, behavioural, and social growth. Offering family-centred therapy that requires active support from parents; consultation with educational and relevant medical professionals yields best results. Assessment precedes therapy and can be used to assist potential diagnoses.
** Psychology service is unavailable at the moment as we are currently recruiting for a Psychologist in our Mount Isa Centre **
The Family Health Support Worker (FHSW) liaises between therapist, parents, schools and the wider community to ensure families access appropriate services. We also offer group Triple P parenting sessions as well as running various group programs for children.
We deliver a wide range of programs for different concerns and age groups.
Our Family Health Support Worker, runs the following groups:
- 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching
- Magic Tools (self esteem)
- Fun Friends & Friends for Life (emotional wellbeing & resilience programs)
- Pals (social skills)
Our Occupational Therapist runs the following groups:
- Fine motor
- Prep readiness
Our Speech-Language Pathologist runs the following groups:
- Prep readiness
We work alongside a variety of schools in the Mount Isa region these include:
- Barkly Highway State School
- Central State School
- Happy Valley State School
- Happy Valley Prep
- Happy Valley Community Kindergarten
- ABC Learning Centre
- Captain Kid Child Care Centre
- Estelle Cardiff Community Kindy
- Eileen Fisher Memorial Kindy
- Mt Isa Day Nursery And Kindy
- Healy State School
- School of the Air
- Sunset State School
- Townview State School
- St Joseph’s Primary School
- St Kieran’s Primary School
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