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Children with a disability (and from different backgrounds) share universal rights with all people, and share the additional rights of all children as identified in the UN Convention on the rights of the child (UNICEF, 1990). The specific rights of children with a disability are expressed in the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UN, 2006). Among other international statements, the UNESCO Salamanca statement (UNESCO, 1994) on inclusive education recognises the importance of inclusion of children with a disability in mainstream education.
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PlayConnect playgroups provide opportunity for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay or behavioural concerns to engage in appropriate and supported play, which allows opportunities for children to grow, develop, engage and shine. The PlayConnect program also provides families with the opportunity to connect and share experiences, while the facilitator assists them with information and links to relevant services.
Play & Learn Supported Playgroups (PALS)
Play and Learn Supported (PALS) Playgroup’s support children (0-5) of all abilities to participate in a community culture, arts, sport or recreation (CASR) program through fun and inclusive playgroup activities. We bring families and children together to connect and play through a common interest.
(Disability inclusion support)
Playgroup Victoria is committed to creating inclusive and safe services, spaces, programs and resources that all families need to thrive. If your playgroup is looking for resources to help support the inclusion of gender diverse children, parents or families into your program.
Resources and Links
Inclusive Play kits
Over more than a decade we have acquired expertise in play for children with Autism. We have used this expertise to develop play kits designed to support children with ASD or similar traits, to play and socialise. The kits contain communication resources and play activities to help scaffold children’s play and learning. These subsided kits are available for sale. Mentoring support for play leaders is available in certain regions.
To learn more about these kits, or to purchase one for your group, please phone 1800 171 882.
Maternal and Child Health nurses are being trained in detecting early signs of autism
Detecting early signs of autism
Raising Children: An easy to read fact-sheet on how Autism is diagnosed and the different tests and tools that may be used
Amaze: Clearly explains the assessment and diagnostic processes for Autism and provides links to resources on how to prepare for the future as well as sharing news of a diagnosis
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Government funding for people with extra care needs – currently being rolled out throughout the country
Mental Health Care Plans:
Government funded psychology sessions for anyone with a mental health condition- organised through your GP
National Carers Counselling Program:
Provides free over the phone advice for carers of all ages
1800 242 636
Free telephone counselling for parents and carers
National service for crisis support and suicide prevention
13 11 14
Factsheet on the importance of mindfulness and the associated health benefits and links to techniques.
A mindfulness app that provides information about meditation as well as guided sessions to help you get started.
Provides simple tips and strategies on how to practice mindfulness.
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