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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We love PlayConnect

PlayConnect is a welcoming place and a great way for families to connect with others, share knowledge and experiences, make friends in an environment of fun and mutual understanding.

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.

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“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. Our son and his siblings are in a safe place where they have become more connected and happier as well as developing new skills, making connections and developing their interests. 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