Working with any child who may be having trouble developing, learning or behaving from the ages of 0 to 18, Skillbuilders therapists will work to create individual programmes whilst collaborating with parents and teachers to identify the root of the problem and to decide how to best treat it. Both school and home, as well as day care, visits can be arranged, which enables the therapist to observe the child in his or her natural habitat for a more natural and hence effective approach. Skillbuilders also have two offices which are based in Leeming and Cockburn Central in WA.
Skillbuilders was created in 1995 and is a privately owned, Western Australia-based, allied health service provider helping children throughout the area to increase the quality of their everyday lives by the use of therapy and educational activities. The trained and highly qualified therapists that make up the Skillbuilders team include Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists and Early Childhood Specialists.
As well as treating problems and issues with occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics, physiotherapy, and clinical psychology the facilities at Skillbuilders also include a large sensory motor gym which benefits from suspended equipment. They also have a shop on the premises so that parents can purchase the same high quality equipment, toys and games that are used in therapy sessions, so that improvement can be continued to be made between appointments.
These same toys and games are also available to purchase in the online shop on the Skillbuilders website making it convenient for parents and therapists who are not located in Western Australia to access a wide range of educational and therapeutic games and toys. Arranged into easy-to-navigate categories such as Oral Motor Development, Language and Literacy, Grip Strength (pencil grips), Sensory, and Tools for Improving Kids’ Handwriting, amongst many others, the online store is a great resource for any parent who is either worried about their son or daughter’s development or who just prefers that their child spends their free time playing with something educational.
Skillbuilders are the people to talk for any concerned parent in Western Australia who thinks their child may be suffering from any of the following: dyslexia, dyspraxia, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, auditory processing disorder attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy or Down’s or any other kind of syndrome. With on-site programmes varying from school holiday sessions to ‘Fiddly Fun’ groups for toddlers aged two to four years old who could benefit from activity that helps hone their fine motor or small hand skills, to specialized programmes such as ‘mealtime management’ there are a wide range of options to choose from.
Skillbuilders have also developed a specialist six week programme aimed at helping pre-school teachers identify and develop sensory and motor skills amongst their pupils as well as hosting a series of workshops for parents and teachers both at their learning centers and at local schools in the WA area.
The beauty of the Skillbuilders approach is that it covers all bases of child development and education; be it through therapy at one of their centres in Leeming or Cockburn Central, through better educating teachers on what to look out for in the classroom or by helping parents improve their child’s behavioral, learning, language or writing issues through fun activities in the home.
Skillbuilders believe that a child is much more likely to learn and grow as a person – both physically and mentally - while he or she is enjoying themselves and this is their founding ethos that runs through everything they do.
Skillbuilders are a privately owned allied health service provider with two centres in Leeming and Cockburn Central, Western Australia. They offer a range of therapies, treatments and educational toys and resources all aimed at helping 0-18 year olds deal with learning, language, speech and behavioural issues.