We are very excited to share with you our pioneer program me@three!
Emali Broadview will be working alongside Motivate Kids, childhood Occupational Therapists, who are professional health practitioners on this exciting program. me@three is a developmental program that will create engaging therapeutic learning experiences to improve motor, sensory, social cognitive, self help and emotional skills of your child. Our goal is to develop our 3 year olds to be the best 4 year olds they can be!
me@three is a simple 4 step program incorporating occupational therapy experiences into our Ocean room to help your child grow. Motivate Kids will be provide an assessment of each child’s development and parents will receive a summary report of their areas of strength and also areas that we can further support their growth. Motivate Kids return in 3 months and 6 months to check in to see how each child is developing. We have created a video to further explain the program, watch the video here: ME@THREE VIDEO
The 4 steps of the me@three program:
At this time the me@three program will only be available at Emali Broadview.
Questions and answers for parents:
1. What is me@three
Emali will be working alongside Motivate Kids, childhood Occupational Therapists, who are professional health practitioners on this exciting program. me@three is a developmental program that will create engaging developmental learning activities to improve motor, sensory, social and emotional skills of your child. Our goal is to develop our 3-year olds to be the best 4 year olds they can be!
The program involves:
- The first developmental check in March 2019 completed by Motivate Kids Occupational Therapists.
- Each child will be provided with personalised extra therapeutic experiences while at Emali.
- Some families who express their interest will be supported to incorporate at home therapeutic experiences into their daily life.
- Two further developmental checks over a six month period are completed to measure how effective the experiences provided by our educators have been and the difference that in home experiences make in your child’s development.
- Throughout the “me@three” program Emali educators will be engaged in an ongoing Professional Development Program to be supported to continue to incorporate tailored therapeutic experiences to all children at Emali.
- Emali parents will be invited to attend various information sessions on child development and how to support this in daily life.
2. How much will it cost me?
The program is a value-add service that Emali and Motivate Kids are partnering together to provide to the Broadview Ocean room families. There is no cost to families for this.
3. Will my child be individually assessed for their development? How will you conduct the developmental check?
The Occupational Therapists will complete standardised Developmental Checks within a group setting in the Ocean Room and outside space. The environment will be structured to encourage your child to engage in certain experiences that the Occupational Therapists need to observe your child complete.
4. What are the occupational Therapists looking for in the Developmental Check?
There are many different areas of development that Occupational Therapists look at to ensure your child will reach their potential.
- Gross Motor: standing on one foot, walking upstairs, jumping down and forward, walking on tip toes, kicking ball, catching ball, throwing ball,
- Fine Motor: marking with a crayon, turning pages, inserting shapes, snipping with scissors, stringing with beads, folding paper, building with blocks
- Cognitive: moves body to music, counting, imaginary play
- Language: identifies sounds, answer question to short story, names common objects and actions
- Social: sits quietly when listening to story, names a friend, shares toy with another, says hello and goodbye, transitions between activities, waits for turn
- Self-help: wipe nose with tissue, swallow food before taking another bite, turns water off, put on socks, push arm into jacket sleeve, opens container to remove food.
5. What if I would like further information about the report I get about my child's development?
We encourage you to speak to the Occupational Therapists Professionals who use standardised tests about any concerns you may have about the outcome of the Developmental Check.
6. What will happen if I don't want my child to participate?
Your child will spend their time at Emali as usual whilst other children receive the Developmental Screen and therapeutic experiences.
The Occupational Therapists will attend a meet and greet with our Ocean Room Educators and children prior to the Developmental Check days so that your children are comfortable with new people in their space.
8. What is involved in the home activities?
The Occupational Therapists will provide one simple home experience per week that can be incorporated easily into your daily routines. The whole family can be involved! We will ask you to please track how often you complete the home experience so we can determine how successful each one is to support your child’s development.
9. Our family life is very busy and we don't have time to be involved in home activities is that OK?
We appreciate how busy life is which is why the home activities are a choice for each family to be involved in.
10. Can we contact Motivate Kids to find out more about what they do?
Yes! Motivate Kids welcome any enquires at any time about your child’s development. Motivate Kids also offer complimentary phone or in person consults to see if further Occupational Therapy would be a good option for your child.
If you have any further questions please contact Adriana at our Broadview centre on 8266 6895