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Autism

Mpower offers a range of flexible, family-centred and participant focused services to support participants with Autism.  

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Autism Services

Speech Pathologists 

For 0-7 years.  Speech Pathology can help with building children’s communication, speech, language, play and social skills, speech pathologists also work on eating and feeding issues.
 
Mpower’s speech pathologists assess and treat children who have difficulties with communication. A speech pathologist will work with you to design an individualised program that best meets the communication needs of your child. This might include speech and language therapy or use of visual systems, pictures or sign language to communicate.

 

 

Occupational Therapists 

For 0-7 years.  Occupational Therapy (OT) can help with building children’s competence in daily living skills including independence, play, thinking, fine motor and gross motor skills.
 
Mpower’s occupational therapists can assist by assessing needs and developing strategies in the areas of independence skills (e.g. dressing, toileting, and using utensils), fine motor skills, sensory issues and advice regarding appropriate equipment.

 

Our occupational therapists can assist your child to become more independent in managing the challenges of everyday activities, self-care and daily living needs.

 

 

Key Workers

Mpower’s Key Workers are early childhood intervention professionals who will support and empower families to make informed choices. The key worker is the person families will see and talk to the most and who provides early intervention support to children using the ECIS program.

 

They will provide you with the information you need on the range of services that you may choose to access and help you to communicate with other professionals on your behalf if you wish, set priorities and co-ordinate the supports you choose. They will support you to develop the skills your child needs to participate in everyday life.

 

 

Kindergarten Support and Consultancy

Mpower’s Early Childhood Intervention Service provides extra inclusion support for children attending kindergarten. Mpower staff understand that every child and family is unique and has different skills and strengths. We also understand the importance of working in partnership, making the best use of the skills and knowledge of family members and professionals involved.

 

 

Behaviour Support

Strategies are developed with the understanding that all behaviours have a purpose. Parents are encouraged to identify behaviours of concern and then work with the behaviour consultant to tailor plans to suit the needs of the child and family. Sessions identify family strengths and work from this skill base.

 

Suggested strategies may include:

• Use of consistent and united responses
• Use of visual supports such as schedules and stories
• Use of plans that are provided across multiple environments (e.g. home and childcare)
• Improving communication skills

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High Flyers

Junior High Flyers is a program for children attending primary school diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have NDIS funding to get together to try new things and meet new people.  Check out the Disability Services Calendar for specific activities.  Bookings are essential.

 

High Flyers is a program for secondary school students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have NDIS funding to get together to try new things and meet new people.

 

The program provides the opportunity for participants to build social skills, socialise with peers, learn to be away from familiar people, learn meal preparation and clean-up, win and lose at games and develop their confidence and independence. 

 

High Flyers groups give children with disabilities the opportunities to make new friends, to be and feel included, try new things and see new places. 

 

Groups are matched for age and skills, staffed at 1:1 for participants with complex needs, 1:2 or 1:3 depending on the needs of the participant in the group.  The groups meet fortnightly. Bookings are essential.

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Youth Group

Mpower's Junior Youth Group is a social group for primary school students with an intellectual or physical disability who have NDIS funding to get together to try new things and meet new people.

 

Mpower's Youth Group is a social group for secondary school students with an intellectual or physical disability who have NDIS funding to get together to try new things and meet new people. 

 

The group provides the opportunity for participants to build social skills, socialise with peers, learn to be away from familiar people, learn meal preparation and clean-up, win and lose at games and develop their confidence and independence. Our fun groups give children with disabilities the opportunities to make new friends, to be and feel included, try new things and see new places.

 

Groups are matched for age and skills, staffed at 1:1 for children with complex needs, 1:2 or 1:3 depending on the needs of the children in the group. The groups meet fortnightly.

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Active Oceans

Age 6+

 

A water-based recreation group program offering rowing and sailing.  Activities are facilitated and supported by local sporting clubs, including Nestles Rowing Club and Port Fairy Yacht Club.  This program is for school-age children who have NDIS funding.  

 

Fully supported activities where participants will learn safety in and around the water, participate in their choice of water-based activities, meet and socialise with friends and build their health and fitness through participation.

 

Skills developed from Active Oceans activities can help foster a sense of achievement and confidence that can lead to participation in similar mainstream activities in their community.

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Support & Community Access

Mpower has a team of qualified and caring personal support workers that can provide support to participants in their home or in the community.  All services can be tailored to participant needs.

 

Mpower offers individual support designed and delivered to meet the needs, goals and aspirations of the participant.  Support may include personal care and/or community access (eg. horseriding, gym, swimming, caring for pets).  Our support is flexible and adaptable and not limited to these examples.

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Kids In The Community

Mpower’s Kids in the Community program offers participants the opportunity to have fun, catch up with friends and try something new.  The program runs in each school holiday break during the year and for three weeks in January.  Participants are supported by caring, professional staff.


Program activities include zoo and farm visits, beach days, bowling, movies and creative crafts.  Participants must be attending school.

 

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm (children can come earlier and leave later by arrangement – please contact the Intake Team for further info.

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Weekend Getaways

Age 6+

Weekend Getaways offer fully supported weekends at an Mpower house in Warrnambool for participants with NDIS funding.  We provide support at a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio.

 

Participants can look forward to joining in on fun and supported activities which promote independence, such as preparing and creating meals, as well as daily living tasks. Participants will have an enjoyable, social and relaxing experience.  Activities are tailored to the interests of the individual and/or group.

 

Another option to build skills for independence is to stay at an Mpower house in Warrnambool. Participants will have the opportunity to complete daily activities, attend community events, investigate travelling on local public transport and socialise in a fully supported environment. 

 

Bookings essential.

 

Saturday Recreation Programs

Adult Recreation Program 9am to 5pm

Kidz Recreation Program 10am to 4pm

 

These programs run one Saturday per month.


The recreation programs are group activities visiting interesting and fun community events in our local region for participants with NDIS funding. In the past, Mpower have visited agricultural shows, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Dunkeld Three Peaks Festival and our beautiful local surrounds during day trips.
 
There is something for everyone in our innovative social, recreational and community programs.