PlayConnect+

Early intervention program specifically designed for children with ASD or ASD-like characteristics

“Unlike one-to-one therapeutic interventions, PlayConnect+ encourages social interaction and peer-to-peer engagement for both the children attending and their families. PlayConnect+ clearly addresses some important gaps in the system.”

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, 2020

 

About PlayConnect+

PlayConnect+ playgroups provide inclusive play opportunities to all children with disability and/or developmental concerns to participate, engage, and enjoy themselves in a safe and engaging environment. Through play and interaction, children develop crucial skills for their social, emotional, and overall well-being. These sessions also provide an opportunity for parents and care givers, to come together, learn valuable strategies and techniques to support their child, and access peer support for themselves.

Who can attend PlayConnect+

  • All children with disability and/or developmental delay aged 0-8 years, their families, carers and siblings.

  • Children do not require a formal diagnosis or referral to attend.

  • PlayConnect+ is a playgroup for the whole family and siblings and carers are also welcome and included at PlayConnect+.

Features of PlayConnect+ playgroups

  • No cost to attend PlayConnect+ and playgroups.

  • We deliver supported playgroups online and face to face weekly.

  • All groups will be delivered based on the core characteristics of high-quality playgroups, identified in Playgroup Principles (Australian Institute of Family Studies)

  • Facilitation of transitions to other educational settings to support school readiness.

  • Holistic family support including information and advice about other disability support services that we have established partnerships with.

Playgroup Activities include:

  • Group activities

  • Shared spaces

  • Activities for sensory and processing integration

  • Physical and outdoor play

  • Use of visual aids, instructions and displays

  • Art & Craft

  • Music and movement

  • Quiet spaces

Family Testimonials

"We love going to playgroup, the smaller group means that my grandson feels safe and not overwhelmed and is able to participate in the activities."

"My son has come out of his shell a lot more in group environments with other children since attending PlayConnect+. Since attending playgroup, he is slowly but surely starting to play with other kids outside of playgroup which is just amazing to see."

"When I arrived my son was so closed off, but week by week and with the help of facilitator we grew strong as team and gave [child] opportunity to open up in his way... thanks to this group he is preschool ready and I'm so truly blessed to have that"

 

Find a PlayConnect+ Playgroup

Face to Face Locations
BathurstMonday10am - 11.30am[email protected] 02 6338 4453
DubboWednesday9.30am - 11am[email protected] 02 6882 0599
NowraMonday10am - 11.30am[email protected] 02 44235022
WaggaWednesday9.30am - 11.30am[email protected] 02 69238400
GraftonTuesday10am -11:30am[email protected] 02 6643 1002 
Sanctuary PointWednesday9am - 10:30am[email protected] 02 44235022
GosfordFriday10am - 12pm[email protected] 02 43401111
GlendenningThursday10am - 12pm[email protected] 02 9684 9500
LiverpoolMonday10am - 12pm[email protected] 02 9684 9500
TareeFriday9.30am - 12.30pm[email protected] 0417 670 512
WestmeadMonday10am - 12pm[email protected] 02 9684 9500
MaitlandThursday9.15am - 11.15am[email protected] 02 4934 3773
North RydeMonday10.30am - 12pm[email protected] 02 9684 9500
Noah's EurobodallaTuesday9.30am - 11am[email protected] 02 9684 9500
     
Online Locations
GraftonTuesday1.30pm - 3pm[email protected] 02 6643 1002 
CoastwideThursday9.30am - 11am[email protected] 02 4340 1111
Big Fat Smile  [email protected] 02 9684 9500
 
PlayConnect+ is delivered as part of a consortium led by Autism Queensland. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Contact 

To learn more about the PlayConnect+ program please contact [email protected]

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Playgroup NSW leads play-based programs and services for NSW families with children birth to school age, offering development, shared experiences, and family support, that results in active citizens and inclusive communities.