Introducing: What it does Who can attend
The Early Childhood Development Program The Early Childhood Development Program
Mount Ommaney at Mount Ommaney provides education and
operates half-day sessions delivering programs for
kindergarten aged children in the morning and pre-
therapy programs for children up to six years of
Early Childhood age who have a disability.
preparatory aged children in the afternoon. Whole
day sessions are offered to preparatory aged
children. The ECDP also has a Playgroup for
Development Typically, the children attending the Program
need support with:
younger children 0 – 3 years. The sessions
operate as follows:
Program • intellectual development; Kindergarten and Pre-Preparatory Year
• gross and fine motor skills;
social skills and behaviour;
communication and language.
Children aged from three to five years attend two
sessions per week on consecutive days. Programs
focus on the individual educational needs of the
children. Structured learning activities are
presented in small group settings, closely
• What it does Parent Support
supervised by specialist teachers and therapists.
Parents’ input in developing their child’s program is
• Parent Support valued.
• Who can attend
• Who’s on the team ECDP parent representatives on the Mount
Ommaney Special School P&C ensure the
• How to refer a child needs and concerns of the ECDP are
Children in the preparatory year attend on a two day
basis and have a shared placement with their local
• Where to find it addressed. school. ECDP teachers provide an outreach
service to support children and staff in preparatory
The P&C meets on the first Friday of each classes within local schools. A full-time preparatory
month at 9.30 am. year is provided at the ECDP for children who have
high support needs and nursing requirements.
Once a term, a parent meeting is organised by
the school chaplain and guidance officer to Playgroup
discuss any issues related to families supporting
children with disabilities. These meetings are an The Playgroup operates on Tuesday mornings only.
opportunity for parents to network and support It is open to children from birth to three years, and a
each other. Guest speakers are invited to parent/carer of each child stays with the group as a
address topics of interest requested by the participant in the Playgroup’s activities. The
parent group. Playgroup is staffed by a specialist teacher and
How to refer a child Who’s on the Team Where to find it
The Team at the Mount Ommaney Early
These are the steps to follow in referring a child The Early Childhood Development Program is
Childhood Development Program comprises:
to the Mount Ommaney Early Childhood located in the grounds of the Mount Ommaney
Development Program (ECDP). • Special Education Teachers who develop Special School.
and implement an Individual Education Plan
1. Check with the ECDP that it is the closest (IEP) for each child, and co-ordinate team Mount Ommaney
facility to your home. programs. This may include supporting
children in the mainstream setting.
Early Childhood Development
2. Each child must be referred by: Program
• A Guidance Officer gathers additional (ECDP)
a) A Medical Specialist in the case of a information about each child’s developmental
diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; level – formally and informally – and provides
counselling and parent support. 94 Capitol Drive
Pervasive Developmental Disorder;
Physical Impairment or a medical
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• An Occupational Therapist helps every child
condition with a predisposition towards do their best in playing, learning and self-care.
Intellectual Impairment. Telephone: 3717 6840
This involves assessment of each child’s
abilities, combined with practical therapy for Fax: 3717 6844
b) A Speech-Language Pathologist in the the child and advice / support for parents.
case of Speech Language Impairment.
Receptive and expressive language • A Physiotherapist addresses development of
scores must fall at least two standard the child’s movement. This means more than
deviations below the mean to meet just reaching motor milestones or skills, it
criteria for entry. means developing quality in such movements
– like posture, balance and co-ordination.
Addressing neurological and musculo-skeletal
c) A Paediatrician or FECS team in the problems is part of this developmental
case of children with Intellectual approach.
Impairment and Global Developmental
Delay. • A Speech-Language Pathologist assesses
children’s communication skills, as well as any
3. Any of the above can refer the child to the chewing or swallowing difficulties. Discussing
Early Childhood Development Program, the findings of such an assessment with the
followed by a call from the parent. team and with parents then leads into
programs to build on the child’s
4. This leads to an appointment for the parents communicative abilities.
to visit the Program, when enrolment and
other details can be discussed with the • Teacher Aides assist the Teachers and
Therapists in implementing the programs, and
Head of Special Education Services.
prepare and maintain the Unit’s resources.