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.
· 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.
Play Clinic focuses on the therapist following the child’s lead with the
ultimate goal if getting the child to take over the play session (in terms of
creating ideas, acting out stories, describing the play and being able to
continue on with their story).
The 7 key skills of the Developmental
Play Program are based on Dr Karen Stagnitti’s Learn to Play Program (Deakin University).
what is happening in the play (using language to describe play objects and
to the child, following their lead, understanding play preferences and the
child’s feelings in the play.
play themes and play action sequences
and facilitating object substitution
and facilitating decentration (use of a character)
and facilitating play scripts (narrative)
the child in role play (referring to absent objects, creating problems in
If you would like to find out more about the program or book a session with Chloe, please phone 5222 2405.