PlayConnect+ is a national playgroup program for families of young children with disability, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Who can attend PlayConnect+ Playgroups?
PlayConnect+ playgroups are open to children between 0 –8 years old, with a disability, including those displaying ASD-type behaviours or where parents have developmental concerns. “PlayConnect+ draws on learning and experiences gathered through the PlayConnect Playgroups model for autistic children (0-5 years), children with autistic-like characteristics, developmental delays or behavioural concerns. These playgroups were delivered across Australia from 2009-2022.”
No formal diagnosis or NDIS plan is necessary in order for participants to attend the playgroup.
PlayConnect+ Playgroup Activities
PlayConnect+ playgroups have a variety of activities on offer to help entertain, engage and support visiting families. These include face-to-face weekly playgroup sessions (in term), online sessions and special holiday sessions. Activities might include:
- Music therapy
- Creative arts
- Sensory play
- Singing, music and movement
- Imaginative play
- Indoor and outdoor activities
What are the benefits of attending PlayConnect+ Playgroups?
The benefits of attending a PlayConnect playgroup are multi-faceted, benefiting both the child and their siblings and carers. Sessions are free to participate in and are supported by trained facilitators, which enables a fun and safe place for children and families to play, connect and grow.
PlayConnect+ Playgroups at a Glance
- Face-to-face and online offerings
- For children (0-8 yrs) with ASD/ASD-type behaviours
- Sessions are FREE to attend
- Groups supported by a trained facilitator
- Activities may include art and craft, story time, sensory play, music and movement.
For further information and to find out where your nearest PlayConnect Playgroup is, contact PlayConnect Playgroups on:
Phone: 1800 790 335