PlayConnect Playgroups are designed to help families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to connect with other families.
Families that have a child aged from 0-6 years with ASD or ASD like symptoms are welcome to join a PlayConnect Playgroup. Children do not need an ASD diagnosis to join. Siblings aged 0 to 6 years old are also welcome to attend.
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 initially run by a Development Worker, for between 6-24 months, until they are able to transition to become community, parent-run playgroups. Families will also receive information about other services for children with ASD.
PlayConnect is not therapy based however the PlayConnect Worker can provide families with information about strategies for play and specialist services in their local area. Families can also contact the Playgroup Australia’s ASD Advisor for advice about children with ASD at playgroup on 1800 790 335.