Children's Mobility Services Programs and group workshops
In addition to ongoing training, we offer a range of support programs and workshops.
Before developing an individual training plan, our Orientation & Mobility Specialists conduct assessments with each child, their parents, teachers, and a range of relevant professionals.
We then begin work in whatever environment your child is most comfortable, for the best chance at success: home, school, work, or within our specialised training facility in Kew.
Our Mobility Specialists aim to establish a strong and ongoing relationship with every child and their family.
We work closely with families to develop individual program goals. We also encourage children to play a role in directing their own mobility program, to further improve confidence and independence.
Specialists can attend a child’s school and also participate in Student Support Group Meetings. This involves meeting at the school to discuss the specific goals of the mobility program, and can include professional development sessions for personnel at the school.
Our Mobility Specialists can also complete an assessment of the specific school grounds. After looking over the environment, we can make recommendations to create a safer and easier setting for the student.
At workshops, camps and events:
We run four to five Orientation & Mobility group programs each year. The ‘camps’ give children opportunities to develop social networks while honing their mobility skills.
Occupational Therapists are involved in our group programs and encourage additional practical independent living skills, such as:
- Food preparation
- Kitchen safety
- Personal care
- Money handling
Some of the group programs are based on site at Guide Dogs Victoria, while off-site events have been held in Ballarat, Melbourne’s CBD, and on the Great Ocean Road.
Want to know more about how technology can assist your mobility needs? We can help you to use technology you already own in different and more effective ways – like your smartphone for example – or we can assess you for specific mobility technology like GPS devices.