Creativity Inc’s services are highly dynamic, innovative and diverse. Services are delivered through the following areas:
Creativity Inc’s Individual Respite team provides flexible respite to families/carers of people aged 0 – 65 years.
Respite is provided by a paid support worker who works directly with the person with a disability either in the community or the individual's home.
Out of school care
Creativity Inc’s Out of School Care team provides after school care and holiday program activities to children and teenagers with a disability.
There are currently two after school care programs for teenagers and children as well as nine holiday program groups.
Creativity Inc’s Weekend Activities team coordinates group recreational, social and peer support programs for children, teenagers and adults. Programs take place on Fridays and over the weekend.
Programs are either community based or run from one of Creativity Inc’s centres at Hillsdale and Rosebery.
Adult group programs
Running Monday to Friday each week, Creativity Inc provides a range of group programs for adults based upon their interests and abilities.
Importantly, even though the programs are group based, we work to ensure that individual choice, preferences and goals are taken into account when we put people together and when we are planning our activities.
Our group programs are run in the community or at our Rosebery or Hillsdale properties dependent upon need, preferences, opportunity and (sometimes) weather.
Each year Creativity Inc runs camps for teenagers and adults.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Services
Our Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Carer’s Support Group meets every second month to share a meal and a good yarn. New comers are always welcome.
Creativity Inc’s services are open to one and all. Maxine Ryan, our Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Maxine works every Wednesday and can be contacted on (02) 9311 9200.
At Creativity Inc we recognise that sometimes people just want to do their own thing! If that is you, why not talk about what things you would like to do and how we might be able to help make that happen for you. Remember, it’s your choice!
Autism specific services
We have launched two new Autism specific services:
1. Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)
For most people, listening to information, understanding it, preparing a response and utilising the necessary muscles to communicate that response is a subconscious, reflexive process. But for someone with severe autism, this same process can be a convoluted task where it is extremely difficult to process the sensory information with which they easily become overloaded. Thus, to focus on hearing and seeing, to formulate an appropriate response, and then to complete the motor planning necessary to give that response requires tremendous effort and initiative.
With the Rapid Prompting Method, the teacher matches their pace to the student's speed of self-stimulatory behavior, while continually speaking and requesting student responses, in order to keep the student on task and focused on the lesson at hand. RPM uses a "Teach-Ask" paradigm for eliciting responses through intensive verbal, auditory, visual and/or tactile prompts.
If you would like to know more about this new service, please contact us here or call the office to speak to our RPM teacher, Greg Padoa, on 02 9311 9200.
What is the EarlyBird program?
The EarlyBird program, developed by the National Autistic Society in England, empowers and supports parents and carers of pre-school children with a diagnosis of autism.
EarlyBird is a three-month parent program combining group learning sessions with individual home visits, where video feedback is used to help parents to combine theory with practice.
Families meet and work with other families, learning from and supporting each other. This early intervention program offers parents hope and support to help their child reach their potential.
Who can attend the program?
EarlyBird is for families of a pre-school child with a diagnosis of autism. Two places are allocated to each family.
When and where are the sessions held?
The eight group sessions are held locally on the same day each week. Each session lasts two and a half hours.
Who runs the program?
EarlyBird is run by a team of professionals with experience and understanding of the autism spectrum. Our team have been trained at The National Autistic Society EarlyBird Centre in South Yorkshire, England.
What are the aims of the program?
•To empower parents/carers
•To support families in the period between diagnosis and starting school
•To help establish good practice in these very important early years of development
What will we learn about?
The EarlyBird approach will help you to:
• understand your child’s autism
• structure interactions to develop communication
• develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur
What do families say about EarlyBird?
“I’m so glad we were able to do the program, we both feel we have got so much out of it and wonder where we’d be now if we hadn’t done it.”
“Meeting other parents in the same boat is so valuable. It was great getting to know them and share ideas. We are still in contact with each other.”
How can I find out more?
Before the program begins, families are invited to an information session to find out what is involved and to meet other families and the EarlyBird facilitators. Interested families can then complete an application form.
For more information, please contact: [email protected]
Creativity Inc is a trusted provider of quality individual and group programs.
Why not contact us today and find out for yourself why we have so many happy, satisfied clients?