In 2006, Therapy Matters became involved in this Federal Government Grant, by the Department of Social Services, under their Families and Communities Programs, together with Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service (now Shaping Outcomes) and YWCA NSW in a Ready for School Project. Our role in the project, together with Dr Karen Plant (Psychologist), was to build knowledge and skills in early childhood workers in the Murwillumbah area to successfully include and support children with disabilities in early childhood settings.
This project resulted in the production of an Inclusion Resource Guide and ongoing visits to centres to help early childhood workers meet the needs of children with disabilities and developmental delays in their care. This project has been highly valued by early childhood workers particularly because it involves the provision of consultancy services in children’s local, neighbourhood and early childhood settings.
In 2015, Therapy Matters successfully became the new Community Partner & Project Manager for this initiative. A name change to Therapy Connect Alliance, signaled the commencement of a broader project encompassing allied health assessment and short-term treatment services for children from disadvantaged and vulnerable families.