Who Are We

We are a team of experienced and specialised therapists and teachers who can deliver therapy and educational support for children, birth to 16  years of age; at our service, in schools, at home and in the community. Our team works in the local areas of Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Sawtell.

To ensure the best outcomes for families and children, we offer a family-centred approach. This means staff work alongside family members and other professionals to provide a flexible service.

We Can:

  • Help with unpacking your NDIS package
  • Plan Manage your Plan
  • Complete individual assessments and reports
  • Complete classroom sensory profiles
  • Complete recommendations for equipment
  • Complete recommendations regarding individual needs

Services we offer

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists enable people to engage meaningfully in their everyday life. In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists) Our Occupational Therapists look holistically at each individual and use a client-centred and strengths-based approach. They can support children and young people across a range of areas, including:

• Cognitive skills

• Self-cares

• Lifeskills

• Emotions and Regulation

• Sensory Processing

• Play and Social Skills

• Fine Motor Skills

• Gross Motor Skills

• Visual Perception, Visual Motor and Visual Motor Integration Skills

• Feeding

• And more

Physiotherapy
Paediatric Physiotherapy covers a wide spectrum of health issues. Physiotherapists work with children from different walks of life (0-18 years old) who have a variety of conditions, injuries and or/ developmental concerns. We can assist in developing play based intervention programs to help your child achieve the best outcomes.

Paediatric services can include the assessment and management of:

Neurological conditions such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury
  •  Low Muscle Tone and Hypermobility
  •  Functional Neurological Disorder
  • Gross Motor Delays
  • Chromosomal deletions and duplications
  • Down Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Toe Walking
  • Congenital conditions such Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Gait assessment
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Achondroplasia
  •  Musculoskeletal conditions such as: joint conditions and pain
Key Worker
The Key Worker promotes and optimises the child’s learning and development to ensure full and active participation in family and community life. Key Workers implement service provision under the National Guidelines on Best Practice for Early Childhood Intervention Services, Child Safe Standards and relevant NDIS guidelines. They will work closely with all adults involved in a child’s life – parents, paediatrician, kindergarten and/or childcare staff. External stakeholders in close relationship with other professional staff within the multidisciplinary team.
Social Work
The primary role of the Social Worker is to work within a multidisciplinary team providing support to young people aged 0-16 years and their families. The purpose of Social Work intervention is to help people improve their quality of life. The Social worker assists people to recognise their potential to reach greater understanding of themselves and their issues, learn effective coping skills and empower them to make appropriate changes and decisions to achieve better outcomes.

 

Meet Our Team

Kylie Guymer

Coordinator

Sophie Clements

Admin

Imke Devine

Occupational Therapist

Makayla Jentz

Occupational Therapist

Alex McQuilty

Key Worker

Katie Fitzgibbon

Social Worker

Tracey Adams

Plan Manager

Ally Hicks

Plan Manager

Useful Information

Feeding group
Would you describe your child as a “fussy” eater? Link in with our Feeding Group to determine if your child is a picky eater or problem feeder and whether they might benefit from attending the group. This group runs for half a year, with the aims of widening the variety of foods your child is willing to interact with, whilst honouring their ‘safe foods.’ Our Occupational Therapists provide sensory prep to support regulation then transition the group into food play where they activate and explore their senses! Your child will also be supported to establish good positioning for eating. Speech Pathology and Dietician assessments can also be key.
Learn to play
Children are assessed to determine their developmental age equivalency for their pretend play skills to create a baseline.

Children will be grouped together based on age and skill level. A group format can be a great medium for increasing engagement through social role modelling and shared enjoyment.

The program runs for half a year. At the end of the program families will be given advice on how to continue supporting the development of their child’s pretend play skills.

The therapists are contactable throughout the process to support families with any questions or queries they may have.

The information below was sourced from Karen Stagnitti (PhD, BOccThy, GCHE), and Occupational Therapist with experience in pretend play https://www.learntoplayevents. com:

• The ability to pretend in play is about understanding the meaning of what is happening beyond the literal function of toys. It is ‘thinking play’.

Pretend play can be imposed on other types of play. For example, when children are running around (gross motor play) they might also be pretending they are running in the Olympics or being chased by a crocodile.

• Pretend play is linked with language development, narrative language, abstract thought, logical sequential thought, creation of stories, social competence with peers, self-regulation, social and emotional well-being, creativity, and the ability to play with others in the role of ‘player’.

• Within all the different types of play, pretend play is unique because there are three key thinking skills that children use when they pretend in play.

These are:

1) children use objects as something else, like the box for a boat;

2) they attribute properties to objects like the teddy being ‘sick’; and

3) they pretend objects are there when they are not, such as the big fish or the petrol.

Prep Class
Attending our Prep/Transition Class at TESS the year before will provide the support and preparation to make their transition to school a positive experience.

At TESS will be preparing your child and family by doing things such as:

• following a routine

• lining up to go inside/outside

• sitting and attending to group time

• completing table-top activities

• provide Social Stories for each child

• opening any packaging that will be used for food at school

• games where people have to raise their hand to say something and wait for their turn to participate. Help them understand that not everyone gets a chance to talk every time in a classroom even though they may put up their hand

• calming themselves when they are upset using age-appropriate activities which are soothing. e.g., cuddling a soft toy, squeezing a stress ball, having a drink of water, or learning to wipe their own eyes with a tissue

• eating recess and lunch foods out of their school lunchbox (use a lunchbox which is as easy as possible to open and close)

• Meeting with school personnel to discuss any concerns, asking questions and/or providing information

• And many more……….

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At Lifetime Connect our vision is building strength in individuals, families and communities. As we approach 50 years supporting our local communities, our team of passionate professionals continues to grow.

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At Lifetime Connect our team members experience:

  • a happy work/life balance
  • innovative and progressive work environment
  • uniform provided
  • a friendly and supportive company culture that truly values you and the work you do
  • professional learning opportunities and ongoing training
  • support with career development and opportunities

Contact Details

Phone:
(02) 6568 4026

Address: 

14 Princess Street, Macksville, NSW

Email:
Kylie.Guymer@lifetimeconnect.org.au