Giving kids the best start in life
AN occupational therapist and speech pathologist have teamed up to create a program that prepares children for kindergarten.
Nedlands occupational therapist Melissa Dove and her cousin Anthea Martin developed the program for three to four year-olds after noticing that many children were entering kindergarten without the necessary speech, lan- guage and motor skills.
The Up and Away Learning Program will start in February and classes will have a maximum of 15 children.
Ms Dove said she believed in “kids being kids” but some children needed more attention.
“The expectations at kindy are growing year by year and children who haven’t developed the ageexpected skills are falling behind at the get go,” she said.
Ms Martin said as well as learning new skills, the program allowed children to get used to separating from their parents and develop social skills to give them confidence, resilience and selfesteem.
“We are passionate about combining the principles of speech pathology and occupational therapy in a fun and engaging environment to support children,” she said.
Occupational therapist Melissa Dove with Julia, who is taking part in the Occupational and Speech Pathlogy program.