Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups

Melbourne Child Development is dedicated to providing the highest quality social skills groups for children of all ages. Our groups have a strong focus on tailoring group activities to each child’s individual needs and goals.

We take the time to get to know as much about your child as we can prior to the commencement of the group to ensure that they are placed in a group that is well matched for them in age and in communication level.

We run social skills groups:

  • During the school term, subject to availability and interest of other children
  • Every school holidays (read more about our School Holiday Programs here)

What do the programs include?

Social skills groups help children of all ages to improve their social and emotional communication, and provide them with valuable tools which they can add to their social skills toolbox for future use.

Depending on the age of the children in the groups, each group will usually include:

  • Imaginative group play
  • Collaboration and negotiation
  • Peer to peer interaction

Some important focus points for children of different ages include:

3-7 year olds: Develop listening skills and understanding of typical playground language and interaction

7-9 year olds: Develop successful understanding of peers through play interaction.

11-13 year olds: Develop flexible thinking and behaviour in a group dynamic that will assist in preparation for the transition from primary school to secondary school. Children around this age may also benefit from the Secret Agent Society.

Pre-program assessment

  • Children joining us at the Practice for the first time may require a pre-program assessment session of 60 minutes so that our Speech Pathologists can best understand your child’s needs and match them within the groups appropriately

Funding and Rebate Options for the Social Skills Group Programs

  • Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability (FaHCSIA) – Children who are registered under this funding may use it for these sessions.
  • Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) (previously named EPC – Enhanced Primary Care Plan) – Your General Practitioner is the person who determines whether your child qualifies for this program. These Medicare rebated session can only be used for individual therapy sessions and will therefore only apply to the pre-program assessment.
  • Medicare – Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability – Your Paediatrician/Psychiatrist/General Practitioner (GP only for Better Start for Children with a Disability) is the person who will determine if your child is eligible for this program. These Medicare rebated session can only be used for individual therapy sessions and will therefore only apply to the pre-program assessment.
  • Private Health Insurance – Check with your Private Health insurer to see if you are covered for Speech Pathology Group sessions in your extras cover
  • NDIS – Children who are registered under this funding program may be able to use it for these sessions. Please check your plan, and if necessary discuss with your plan manager if there will be any out of pocket expenses (e.g. Third-party managed plans). Please note that Melbourne Child Development has decided not to become a registered NDIS provider – those with an NDIA managed plan will need to seek an NDIS registered provider.

Program Terms and Conditions

  • A cancellation fee of 50% of the per session cost will apply if cancelled within 24 hours of the session time. Cancellation fees are usually the responsibility of the parent/carer as most funding and rebate programs do not cover these.
Our Social Skills Programs are highly sought after and spaces are limited. Please email info@melbournechilddevelopment.com.au or call our friendly client services team on 03 9890 1062 for more information.