PlayConnect Playgroups are designed for families of children aged 0-6 years who have unique needs associated with having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism-like characteristics in communication, behaviour or social skills.

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PlayConnect is an early intervention initiative, children do not require a formal diagnosis or referral to come and enjoy all that PlayConnect has to offer. PlayConnect is a supported playgroup for the whole family and siblings and caregivers are also welcome and included at PlayConnect.

The PlayConnect program provides play opportunities that are flexible and suited to the interests, strengths and needs of the children attending each group. PlayConnect playgroups are generally smaller and designed to help children practice and learn new skills in a friendly environment, while supporting parents and caregivers.

At a PlayConnect Playgroup you will find:

  • Structured routines
  • Smaller group sizes
  • Visual aids
  • Modelling of physical play and social activities
  • Positive encouragement
  • A range of activities designed around the interests and needs of each individual family
  • Opportunities to meet with child development service workers, autism experts and specialists
  • Information about the variety of services and opportunities available within the local community and for children with an ASD

PlayConnect playgroups are supported through Department of Social Services funding.

PlayConnect ILC Project

The project will deliver several innovation projects and enhance the content and resources for the PlayConnect Program, funded under the NDIS. The project falls within the Information Linkages and Capacity Building stream which includes activities that provide people with disability, their families and caregivers with access to up-to-date, relevant and quality information and support linkage with relevant community services and supports.

“PlayConnect has been a life saver for our son and myself at the most difficult, frightening and challenging time in our lives. The support, assistance and care from all staff and other parents have guided us through a daunting time to happy outcomes and a brighter future. PlayConnect has provided my family with a community of support, a wealth of knowledge, and a place to call home.”

Bronwyn Jeffrey, PlayConnect mum, Canberra

PlayConnect Evaluation

Download our March PlayConnect Supported Playgroup Evaluation. Commissioned by Playgroup Australia and produced by ARACY.

Download the report