PlayConnect Playgroups

PlayConnect Playgroups are part of the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping Children with Autism package which provides support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Families are very much involved with planning and running the PlayConnect Playgroup sessions.

PlayConnect Playgroups offer play activities suited to the needs of children aged 0-6 years with ASD or ASD like symptoms but are not early intervention therapy. Siblings and other family members are welcome to attend. Families have the opportunity to learn more about the early intervention services funded under the Australian Government's 'Helping Children with Autism' package.

PlayConnect is a fun and intimate Playgroup, facilitated weekly for children and their families who are experiencing developmental differences, including (but not limited to) children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ASD like characteristics.

A diagnosis is not required for families to attend.

Come along to one of the following PlayConnect Playgroups and have fun, connect with other families and gain support and ideas from people in similar situations, find information on ASD, ASD resources and enjoy specific quality play experiences.

PlayConnect Playgroups are FREE to attend.

Attending a PlayConnect playgroup is a great way for families to create a support network.

PlayConnect Playgroups in South Australia

PlayConnect Mount Gambier

Mondays from 10am to 12pm
(School Term Only)
Inclusive Directions
71 Suttontown Rd, Mount Gambier

Contacts:

Carley from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

Nicky, PlayConnect Development Worker
0409 448 691

PlayConnect Parafield Gardens

Mondays from 10am to 12pm
(School Term Only)
Parafield Gardens Children’s Centre
9 Casuarina Drive, Parafield Gardens

Contacts:

Carley from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

PlayConnect Aldinga Beach

Fridays from 10.00am to 12.00pm
(School Term Only)
Aldinga Beach Children's Centre
Evans Street, Aldinga Beach

Contacts:

Carley from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

Naomi, PlayConnect Development Worker
0431 958 372

For more information

Visit the Australian Government's website to find out more about the Helping Children with Autism package
Visit www.raisingchildren.net.au/autism


Supported Playgroups

Supported Playgroups are facilitated by a paid worker or volunteer and target families with high needs. Support organisations start these Playgroups to engage with specific families in the community. Supported Playgroups play an important role in building social support networks as well as giving children opportunities to participate in quality play at a critical time in their development. Supported Playgroups link families into services like Child & Youth Health Centres and Kindergarten.

There are two main types of supported playgroups:

  • Transition model
    • The facilitator gradually withdraws support as the Playgroup is established and families are able to run the Playgroup independently or join another local community Playgroup.
  • Continuing model
    • Families are referred to the Playgroup and remain until they are ready to move on, making room for new families to join.

Benefits of Supported Playgroups include:

  • Families are given personalised support by a trained facilitator.
  • Families are referred to other support services.
  • Playgroups are often funded and are low or no cost to families.
  • Parents and caregivers build relationships with families who share similar circumstances.

If you require a Supported Playgroup, contact Playgroup SA on free call 1800 171 882 for more information.