Who can go to a PlayConnect Playgroup?
Families that have a child aged from 0-6 years with ASD, or ASD like symptoms, are welcome to join a PlayConnect Playgroup. Your child does not need an ASD diagnosis to join.
What will happen at a PlayConnect Playgroup?
PlayConnect Playgroups meet weekly for two hours. During playgroup sessions, caregivers and children participate in a variety of play activities suited to the needs of children with ASD. Sessions are run by a Development Worker, for between 6-24 months, until they become community, parent-run playgroups. Families will also receive information about other services for children with ASD.
How will PlayConnect Playgroups benefit our family?
Numerous studies have shown the value of playgroup on young children’s social, cognitive, emotional and language development. Parents and caregivers say playgroups are useful because they help them connect with other families in similar situations.
Can my other children who do not have ASD or ASD like symptoms attend?
Yes, siblings aged 0-6 years are also welcome to attend.
Will I be able to speak with ASD specialists?
PlayConnect is not therapy based however your PlayConnect Worker can provide you with information about strategies for play and specialist services in your area. You can also contact Playgroup Australia’s ASD Advisor for advice about children with ASD at playgroup on 1800 790 335.
Playgroup Tasmania has a PlayConnect Playgroup running in each region. For further information please call us on our freecall number 1800 171 882.