Muddy Puddles update and important information for families
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April 2019


Jump In

Jump In is an early intervention group for children aged 3-5 years with a developmental delay or disability. Our team of skilled early childhood educators and early intervention therapists support your child’s learning and development through a play based program, in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.  
Register - Jump In

Jump Up

Jump up is a 10 week program to provide immediate intervention for young children with a developmental delay who do not currently receive funding.  Families will be supported to access assessment, diagnostic, and education pathways so their child is well prepared before they start school. 
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The Songbirds 8-week program for families with children 0-3 yrs provides an introduction to the use of music to support child development and enhance the parent-child relationship.  Songs, musical games and dances are used to demonstrate how music can be an effective intervention for developing social and communication skills, fine and gross motor skills and self-regulation.
Register - Songbirds


Important social skills are introduced to the participants in a variety of ways, including discussion, visual cues, role play and game play. As a small group the children have an opportunity to practice the skill being taught. 
Register - Spark


Using song, movement and instruments, our qualified music therapist helps children develop their social-emotional, communication and physical skills. Music is an inherently engaging and motivating modality that allows children to develop confidence and abilities whilst having fun.
Register - Vibes


This social group for young people, focuses on social skill-building, communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and resilience. Our program encourages social interaction and collaborative play by providing a safe space for kids to let their imaginations run wild, explore their passions and discover new ideas.
Register - Connect


This hands on program will encourage participants to develop self help skills whilst preparing food. Each session will have a set menu where the students will be supported to prepare, cook, taste and share within the group setting.
Register - Gourmet


This program allows each young person to enter the world of imagination, symbol, dramatic play and drama.  The sessions consist of warm-up games and team building activities designed around Sue Jennings' developmental theories of embodiment, projection and role.  Participants will also explore elements of playback theatre and structured improvisation, intended to connect the imaginary play with their personal experience.  This program allows each young person to develop their social and interpersonal skills. 
Register - Snapshot

Kick Start

Kick start provides a great way for young people to work on their physical and mental fitness. Combining fitness training and life-coaching, this unique program teaches strategies to build self-confidence, gross motor skills and resilience that will last a life time.​

Each participant will leave the program with increased awareness of personal coping skills, social skills, self-awareness and healthy thinking habits.

Register - Kick Start


With a current focus on song writing, beat production and recording, participants will build confidence, knowledge and friendships whilst exploring relevant topics and themes.  No prior music experience is necessary.
Register - Soundwaves

YAG (Youth Advocacy Group)

We have recently started Muddy Puddles’ first Self-Advocacy and Advisory skill building group - by joining this group, you will learn how to advocate for your rights and the rights of others, design and implement community projects, advise the Muddy Puddles team and improve your social skills by attending outings with like-minded people.  

Register - YAG


This social group for teenagers, focuses on gaining independence, building friendships and improving social skills.  We will meet at Muddy Puddles each month before heading out to a new social activity chosen by the young people. 

Register - Graze

Caring for Carers

Our Caring for Carers group provides assistance and support to carers and families. Come and have a cuppa, meet some new people who 'get it', share your knowledge and have some time just for you.  Free childcare can be provided.  This group is held every 4th Tuesday of the month.
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To book an appointment - please call the office 4472 6939

Psychology - Lisa

Lisa is a registered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and their families. With a special interest in paediatrics, Lisa is skilled in therapeutic support for a range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, learning difficulties, and behavioural disorders. 

Speech Therapy - Jessica 

Jessica is an experienced and skilled Speech Pathologist who has worked in multi-disciplinary teams and supported a broad range of caseloads. Over the years she has worked with clients across all age groups but admits that she is in her element when working with children. She works creatively with the strengths of each child and family and uses an evidence based approach to help maximise child development. 

Speech Therapy - Louise 

Louise has had 10 years experience as a speech pathologist and has worked in Australia and the UK. Louise came to Muddy Puddles from Cerebral Palsy Alliance and has worked with children of all ages with varying disabilities including those with complex communication needs. Louise works collaboratively with family and school to deliver a person-centred approach.

Occupational Therapy - Heidi

Heidi has 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, and has worked in a variety of settings with both adults and children, which include: rehabilitation, acute hospital care,  community and home assessments, early intervention, school aged  assessment and therapy, health promotion, and clinical education of occupational therapy students. Heidi focuses on making therapy fun and family centered.

Occupational Therapy - Christine

Christine is a qualified Occupational Therapist and, although early in her career, she has already gained excellent experience working with children and young people and their families. Christine joins Muddy Puddles from EACH ACT where she worked both as an Occupational Therapist and as an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator, assisting families to access the NDIS and appropriate supports. 

Behaviour Therapy - Kerry

Kerry is a Behavioural Specialist who has worked with both children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders for over 13 years. She has formal training in ABA, speech and language therapy, PECS, Son-rise, Floortime and TEACCH.  Kerry’s aim is to empower parents, carers, grandparents, educators, siblings and peers of children with ASD. Kerry achieves this by providing practical and understandable knowledge, information and strategies designed to allow these people to best support their loved ones.

Social Worker practicing Art Therapy - Lin Barnes

Art Journey is art therapy that allows children to express their feelings, problems or concerns onto a page in a creative way.  Art therapy involves a different part of the psyche and can enable insight and development of inner resources.  This therapeutic service has been used successfully to address issues around sleeping, anxiety, depression, refusal to eat, recent behavioural changes and family difficulties. 

Muddy Puddles Garden Party

11 April

Held in the perfect garden setting on a glorious Autumn day, the success of this event was made possible by the generous contribution of a band of Muddy Puddles supporters and volunteers. Tanya Nugent provided entertainment throughout the morning; Michaela Burtenshaw gave us an insight into the recently formed Muddy Puddles program Youth Advocacy Group and Andrew Radford inspired us all as he shared his life journey as a person with Autism.
A short Trivia interlude from Mick Lowe, drawing of the Raffle and the temptation of a Market Stall… all this as a delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats and tea/coffee were served on old world china at tables made pretty with floral centrepieces reflecting special creative flair.
Muddy Puddles’ seemingly tireless volunteers rose to the occasion! An amazing effort resulting in close to $3000 raised to support the clients and programs of Muddy Puddles.
See more Garden Party photos on the Muddy Puddles website gallery
Muddy Puddles is offering free support to families navigating the NDIS.
Please contact Nicole on 02 4472 6939 to talk about how we can help you and your child get ready for their first NDIS plan.
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