Learning with Fun Lab

With our therapists working across a range of environments, we are often asked by teachers, educators, support coordinators, disability support workers and other allied health professionals for extra tips and training around the areas of OT, and how they can implement therapy strategies when we are not there.

At Fun Lab Therapy, we believe in educating and upskilling those in your child’s team, to be able to get the best outcomes, and understand the ‘why’ behind the recommendations. Especially when it looks like all we do is play!

We have created a rage of professional development training sessions, that can be used flexibility such as attending team meetings, popping in during lunch breaks or allocated professional development times. Sessions can be tailored to your individual needs at school, childcare, kindergarten or practice. Sessions range from 30 minutes through to full day training as needed. These sessions are suitable for allied health professionals such as speech pathologists, psychologists and ABA therapists; as well as educators, teachers, doctors, early childhood intervention workers, maternal child health nurses & disability support workers. We also offer parent groups as needed and are in the process of designing a parent workshop with La Trobe University, for parents of children newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy.We are always happy to develop individual sessions to suit your needs.

Costs of sessions are dependent on the type of training and location. Please contact our friendly team for more details.

Our topics include but are not limited to:  

Why OT? Why and when to refer to an Occupational Therapist

Often the first question families ask us is ‘So what does an OT actually do?!’ our team can help clarify our role in working with children, strategies to help kids ‘catch up’ and when to make a referral to OT. This session also helps referrers to understand the funding systems we operate under, to help families get the best rebates on OT services.

Sensory Vs Behaviour: Which one is it?!

One of the main reasons for referral to an Occupational Therapist is for those children who ‘just can’t sit still!’ Let us explain the neurology behind our sensory systems, the developmental stages of attention (and how long children should really be sitting for) and how it affects learning, behaviour and concentration, not just in the classroom but across many developmental areas. Also, what can we do about it?

Fidgety fingers

Fine motor skills begin developing well before children reach the classroom. This session explains the early skills required to develop adequate fine motor skills such as shoelaces, buttons, handwriting and typing. Ideas and strategies provided, and not just at the table!

Strategies for Schools

A collaborative coaching style session helps us to design and implement strategies specific to your classrooms and schools. This session takes in an understanding of the challenge’s teachers face when adapting classrooms, and how to get the best benefit for all students in the room.

Self-help – why participation is important

We receive many referrals to help children develop their self-help and organisational skills, from toilet training to getting a school bag packed and out the door. This session can be tailored to your needs and can explore strategies from following morning and evening routines, toilet training, shoelace tying, organisational skills and more.

Social Skills: Understanding social competencies at different ages and stages

Developing social competencies is a crucial skill that many children have difficulty with. This session explores the underlying skills of being social, and how to generate opportunities for practice in everyday settings.

Mentoring

Fun Lab Therapy offers 1:1 and small group mentoring in person, via skype or over the phone. This is available for OT’s currently working with children, new graduates who would like further their skills or for OTs who are looking to move into a paediatric role.

Our clinical advisors all have extensive paediatric occupational therapy experience. As registered Better Access to Mental Health, NDIS and Medicare providers, we offer a range of options to OTs seeking additional support in their clinical practice.

Sessions are available as frequently or infrequently as needed.

Please contact the clinic to discuss fees associated with mentoring.

Fun lab team

To book one of our training or mentoring sessions, please CONTACT US here.

Fun Lab Favourites

We have compiled a list of some of our favourite websites and pages.
Please note Fun Lab Therapy does not have any affiliate link to other services.

The Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network is an evidence-based website that provides up to date information on a wide range of topics across a child’s life. They focus on behaviour, development, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, communication, sleep and safety, as well as a range of other topics.

Information can be found by searching by age groups, diagnostic group or if you have concerns, can check your child’s development to see if there are any red flags indicating further support or assessment may be needed.

Toms Toilet Triumph

Tom’s Toileting Triumph is an Australian video we use with lots of families when toilet training. Tom talks about how it feels to need the toilet and what you need to do. Tom’s sister Emily also helps explain the process.  

Visuals and sequences are also available to help make toileting fun and engaging while learning.

Amaze

Amaze is a not-for-profit organisation and is the peak body for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the state of Victoria. Amaze represents around 55,000 Victorians who have ASD. It works for the benefit of all individuals and their families and promotes better understanding of ASD in the general community.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

There are around 4.3 Million Australians who have a disability. The NDIS is the funding body who provides support to these Australians to access therapy, services, respite, housing and other services they need. Follow the link to check your eligibility.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC)

The Autism CRC is the world’s first national cooperative research effort focused on autism. They take a “whole-of-life” approach to autism focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life.