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Our developmental programs work in two ways. Firstly, by supporting parents with strategies to deal with the sometimes lasting stress of a preterm birth. Secondly, we aim to extend parents' knowledge about all the different areas of learning and development, particularly those for which prems have been shown to have challenges.  Our programs are age specific (corrected age) throughout the early years and focus on the changing developmental requirements of these stages.  We explore ways to engage and motivate babies and young children through safe, secure, fun activities which are easily transferred to the home environment. These activities are designed to become part of daily life and learning at home with your prem.

All ReadyStepGrow programs are facilitated by professionals and use a number of different techniques and approaches which include:

Relationship-based learning - strong secure attachments with parents form the basis of all future learning.

Play-Based learning - an important way to develop active learning. Active learning means using the brain in lots of ways.

Child-centred learning - an approach that promotes the right of the child to choose, make connections and communicate. It allows freedom for children to think, experience, explore, question and seek solutions.

Strengths-based learning - crucial if children are to be engaged in their learning in meaningful ways. Strengths can be intellectual, physical, social skills, capacities, dispositions or motivations.

All programs held at Anderson Park Community meeting room, East Hawthorn. Registrations essential contact us or phone 0404 074 009

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  • Babies (0 - 18 months corrected age) +

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    Babies learn at an extremely rapid rate in the first year of life. ReadyStepGrow programs for babies help parents understand what best sets up children for learning and makes sense of the many nonsense activities babies like to play.  Studies show that children who are born early are at risk of developmental problems. The number and severity of these problems are on a sliding scale with the highest risk occurring for the earliest-born prems and the lowest (but with much greater numbers of children) for later-born children. The good news is that young brains are very "plastic" and there are many things parents can do to facilitate their child's development most significantly promoting secure attachments.

     

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  • Toddlers (18 - 36 months corrected age) +

    Toddlers (18 - 36 months corrected age)

    Toddlers are trying to make sense of their world and their place in it. It is in the toddler years that all the earlier sensory learning and understanding of their environment comes together to help the child progress beyond this simple knowledge. Toddlers rely on adults to help them make sense of their experiences.

    ReadyStepGrow helps parents recognise their child's specific abilities and how these can be used to extend learning. We also understand that prematurity may have delayed some of the usual 'outside the home' activities experienced by term toddlers. When a toddler who has been born preterm is 'ready for the world' (i.e. concerns about becoming ill have lessened) it is often parent and child who need support. Parents are the architects of their children's brains. Our toddler programs aim to educate parents about the variety of age-appropriate, fun, engaging activities that enhance learning and development.

    $250 per term

    Wednesdays & Thursdays 10.00 - 11.30am - 5 weekly sessions

     

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  • Pre-Kindy (3+ years corrected age) +

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    Prems in pre-school are found to have many challenges in the areas necessary to thrive at school.  Early intervention in the pre-school years leads to improved learning outcomes. Early identification of challenges creates opportunities for prems to practise and develop important skills in areas that may result in long-term benefits.

    ReadyStepGrow can help support and guide parents of pre-school prems about the important areas of school readiness, activities to support these skills and how to engage their pre-schoolers in learning that is fun!

    $250

    Tuesdays 10.00 - 11.30am - 5 weekly sessions

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  • School-Aged (5+ years) +

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    For many prems, problems with learning do not become apparent until they are in school. This may be because of the increased demands of the modern classroom and/or that it is the first time they are formally assessed against peers. The skills of focus and attention, for example, are critical to learning. Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and have flexibility of mind are all necessary skills in the modern world. These lifelong skills develop in infancy and continue to develop into adolescence. Like targeted exercises for physical skills, there are specific activities that can develop these mental skills. ReadyStepGrow provides support to families of school-aged prems if challenges with focus, attention and memory are of ongoing concern, parents may wish to consider Cogmed Working Memory Training which is shown to improve these skills.

    Memory, Focus And Attention Skills (Cogmed Working Memory Training) 

    Cogmed working memory training is an evidenced-based program shown to improve working memory, attention and focus. Inattention and problem behaviour is common following preterm birth, but the underlying nature of these difficulties is not well known. There is a growing body of evidence that shows reduced working memory capacity may be the underlying cause of learning difficulties for children in school.

    What is involved?

    Training sessions are completed online in your own home at a time that is convenient to you.

    The program exposes the user to a series of exercises that train Working Memory.

    It provides 3000 opportunities where the user needs to: Focus, Wait, Remember and 'Have a go' at specifically targeted working memory exercises.

    An inbuilt algorithm ensures the user trains Working Memory at and beyond current capacity at every moment.

    Cogmed is hard work and intensive because there is no compromise on what it takes to improve the workings of the brain.

    If you would like to know more about Cogmed working memory training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0404 074 009

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Testimonials

  • Aimie

    support for premature children Paediatric Occupational Therapist "I found the work you are doing to support premature children and their families, so inspiring. From Read More
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    Sia born at 30 weeks Sia was born in her 30th week. The hospital did everything they could to stop her but she had a Read More
  • Asha & Maya's story

    Asha & Maya's story ReadyStepGrow "helped reduce my girl's separation anxiety and their need to be physically with me all the time, it increased Read More
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Events

Tue Jun 27, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Tuesday Toddlers (Term 2 2017)
Tue Jul 18, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Pre-Kindy (Term 3 2017)
Tue Jul 18, 2017 @11:45 - 01:15PM
Tue Baby Prems (Term 3 2017)
Wed Jul 19, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Toddlers (Term 3 2017)
Wed Jul 19, 2017 @11:45 - 01:15PM
Tiny Premmies (Term 3 2017)

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