What is The Growing Collective? The Growing Collective is a great way for clients to apply therapy goals and skills in real life experiences outside of the traditional clinical setting. The Growing Collective - our boutique stall will attend weekend markets across the Sunshine Coast.
What is involved? Gardening – Clients will be able to be hands on with all stages of growing and preparing plants and vegetables. Benefits –
Communication and social skills – from being involved in groups and community activities
Sensory and speech - Provides opportunity to develop speech to share discoveries while playing in the soil. Experience textures, tastes and sounds they may otherwise not be exposed to, such as a velvety rose petal, a jagged rock, moist dirt, tiny seeds and large shading trees. This type of sensory stimulation is critical to healthy brain development.
Confidence – gardening helps to develop a range of new skills. Helps to reduce tactile defensiveness.
Wellbeing – gardening is a great way to relax and reduce stress levels. Emotional regulation and self-reliance. The time outdoors, breathing fresh air, and being exposed to sunlight are extremely beneficial for overall physical health. Helps lessen negative feelings, anxieties, aggressive tendencies, etc.
Physical ability – Gives children the time to play and explore in the soil incorporating play and gross motor skills. Reduces muscle tension and lowers blood pressure. Builds endurance and hand dexterity.
Nutrition – gardening provides an opportunity to learn about healthy food.
Knowledge – it’s a chance to learn about the environment and nature.
Giftwares – clients will have the opportunity to be hands on with creative processes and construction of gift wares in in a range of different actives such as. Sewing & Macrame – Clients will be able to learn how to sew creating items like, eye masks, wheat bags, cushions, pencil cases etc. Learning how to sew can help our clients learn to express themselves through creativity. It can also teach math and geometry while strengthening fine motor skills with an element of sensory play. Sewing and cutting scrap pieces of fabric is an excellent way to introduce clients to shapes and textures.
Woodwork – Clients will be able to create different items tables, bee and bird houses. The benefits of learning woodwork
Practice perseverance and focus
Develop fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination
Grow socially and emotionally through self-confidence, responsibility, appreciation for self and others, and respect for materials and safety
Market stall – We will be attending local boutique markets around the Sunshine Coast region The market stall with be a great opportunity for clients to socialise and develop further communication skill with customers. They will be able to be apart of planning market stalls, making bookings, setting up, serving customers money handling etc. This is a great experience for clients promoting independent living skills and employment skills.
How does it work? Sessions will be conducted by trained Therapy Assistants, florists and experienced gardeners. Support worker and parents are able to attend. Sessions will be charged per hour through the CB Daily section of the clients NDIS plan. Individualised therapy goals will be set out by the clients Speech or Occupational Therapist. Sessions are offered in group and individual setting. All sessions will be conducted at the Sound Solutions Therapy Currimundi office. Sessions can be held in group sessions or individualised one on one. There is complete flexibility, hours and days can be tailored to suit the clients needs and desires.
School holiday sessions now available! Sessions run Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Morning Session - 9.00am - 12.00noon Afternoon Sessions - 12.30pm - 3.30pm (Morning & afternoon tea fruit platter provided).