Developmental Play Clinic

Run by Chloe O'Connor (Occupational Therapist)

*currently not available

The Developmental play clinic can be accessed through a funding streams (Helping Children with Autism and Better Start), enhanced primary care plans and also privately. Chloe will also be registering to provide services under Disability Care Australia in 2013.

What is involved?

· A play assessment (Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment and/or Symbolic and Imaginative Pretend Play Assessment) of the child's current play skills.

· A 10-12 week program (usually fortnightly) is recommended however the number of sessions/frequency can vary to suit the child/family. 

How does the play clinic run?

·Individual based sessions (on a Friday) at Amazing Kids OT, Geelong. 

The Aims of the Developmental Play Program:

The Developmental Play Program aims to enhance a child’s social, emotional competence, language development, cognition, motor planning and self-regulation.

The Developmental Play program is unique as it is focused on teaching children to “see the invisible” and developing their own skills in play. The program aims to teach children how to develop a play idea (through modelling and scaffolding of their existing skills) and teaching them how to put this into a logical sequence to create a story, so that they can engage in their everyday environments.

The 7 key skills of the Developmental Play Program are based on Dr Karen Stagnitti’s Learn to Play Program (Deakin University).

7 Key skills:

  1. Describing what is happening in the play (using language to describe play objects and scripts)
  2. Attuning to the child, following their lead, understanding play preferences and the child’s feelings in the play.
  3. Facilitating play themes and play action sequences
  4. Recognising and facilitating object substitution
  5. Recognising and facilitating decentration (use of a character)
  6. Recognising and facilitating play scripts (narrative)
  7. Joining the child in role play (referring to absent objects, creating problems in the play).

If you would like to find out more about the program or book a session with Chloe, please phone 5222 2405.