Playgroup Tasmania acknowledges that we live, work and play on Aboriginal land, land of the palawa/pakana people of lutruwita (Tasmania). We pay our respects to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, to elders past and present and to all those who continue caring for country, sharing stories and upholding rights.

PlayConnect playgroups

Children with behavioural issues and their families can sometimes feel excluded from traditional playgroups.

All children are welcome at PlayConnect, and it is a safe, low stimulus, non-judgemental environment designed to cater to children with autism. Children without autism characteristics who would benefit from more social interaction are also very welcome.

PlayConnect is a facilitated, supported playgroup for children 0-6 years old, who may have autism-like characteristics, developmental delays in communication and social skills and/or behavioural or sensory issues.

  • No diagnosis is needed to attend PlayConnect and parents can self-refer
  • Families who are on the waitlist for a diagnostic assessment, as well as children who have been formally diagnosed are welcome to attend
  • It is a free playgroup and all family members including siblings with or without autism are welcome
  • PlayConnect playgroups provide support, social interaction and skills and techniques to try at home

PlayConnect ensures that young children have access to consistent, high quality social engagement on a regular basis.

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PlayConnect's role is to provide informal support, connections with other parents, access to guest speakers and information on accessing support such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Early Childhood Intervention Services. PlayConnect has its own website where you can find more information. There are PlayConnect playgroups in all regions of Tasmania, and get details about groups in your region.

"Activities carried out by Playgroup Tas have raised awareness and increased the father inclusive capacity of local services."