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COVID 19 Update: 18 October 2020

COVID 19 update:  As of Sunday 18 October – the Victorian Government has announced a return of face to face supports for Allied Health Practitioners.   The government had previously indicated that Allied Health re-opening will be subject to density quotas within buildings, and possibly to movement restrictions between sites. The Victorian Government has made a strong recommendation today…

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COVID-19 DWSP Update: Issued 29 September 2020

We have some new guidelines this week!  Here’s the run down: In good news for Melbourne, COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop, childcare is back and primary schools are set to return to campus in Week 2, Term 4.   It’s a very welcome change for us all, especially for parents with young children who have…

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Sarah will be joining DWSP in October!

Hello, I’m Sarah Young, Speech Pathologist.  It is a privilege to join the large community of colleagues at Dee Wardrop Speech Pathology. Melbourne has been my home since I returned from travels and time working in the UK.  Prior to that, I grew up in Adelaide with a family I cherish dearly. In this photo,…

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Online Group Program: Learning with Lego (Social Skills)

As Melburnians work our weary way through winter in Lockdown v3.0, many families are telling us their kids are missing the social aspect of their learning and their personal connection with friends and peers. So… we’ve been working on developing some programs that can support this social connection, provide a bit of a difference in…

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Online therapy – how is it going? A Q&A session…

As Melbourne enters lockdown #3 – Speech Pathologists Anna and Nataly are joined by some parents of DWSP clients in this Q&A session.  They share their perspectives and give us the low-down on how online therapy is going for them. Q. What has surprised you about doing your therapy sessions online? Anna:  How much I have…

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Lockdown continues as we’re joined by our newest OT, Naomi

Hi, I’m Naomi, and I’m excited the join the DWSP team as an OT.  I’m originally from Perth, WA, growing up in the Margaret River region and I relocated to Melbourne at the start of 2019 to live the big city life. I’ve been working as an occupational therapist for over 8 years, specialising in paediatrics and…

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Masks. Masks. Masks.

  As a culture – we’ve always viewed masks as mysterious. From the Phantom of the Opera to Zorro, masks have been used to create distance in characters and to inspire fear or awe.   Perhaps this is why so many of us are struggling with the idea of wearing a mask for most of our…

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We welcome Emily Russell, OT

Hi, I’m Emily and I joined the DWSP team as an Occupational Therapist in July. It’s a very interesting time to be starting a new role!  With COVID 19 restrictions in place and the service running only via tele-health, the team have got some great systems for providing care, and I am loving being able to meet…

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COVID-19 Update at DWSP: Issued 13 July 2020

Dear Parents, Carers, Clients and Families, Well, it’s the news none of us wanted.  Back in May, we decided to review our service plan on Monday 13 July, but this certainly wasn’t what we’d hoped to be writing about at the start of Term 3, 2020. The recent increase in Covid 19 transmissions in our…

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COVID-19 DWSP Update: Issued 19 May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers, Clients and Families, We hope you are continuing to stay well and safe, and that the challenges of home schooling are being replaced with the thought of school returning in the coming weeks. Our therapists have been enjoying seeing so many families online and it has opened up some wonderful opportunities to…

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