Neurodiverse Youth Program

Our neurodiverse program was born from our extensive experience in this field, spanning over two decades. Throughout this time, we’ve witnessed the profound impact that exercise can have on individuals with autism and ADHD. Our sessions are designed to be a positive influence, guiding neurodiverse youth on a trajectory of early intervention that can truly make a difference.

We understand every child is unique and we are committed to providing a program that caters to their specific needs.  That’s why we offer both one-on-one sessions and our Neurodiverse Youth Group Program over an 8 week term. Our group sessions of 1:4 ratio of therapist to children provide opportunities for social interaction, communication, cooperation and building valuable peer relationships. Studies consistently show that  physical activity plays a pivotal role in improving the lives of neurodiverse children and youth including the physical, mental and social health.  Recognizing the pressing need for support, our program is open to children with a current diagnosis and for those who find themselves on lengthy waitlists for diagnoses. We are committed to providing assistance when it’s needed most.

We foster the development of confidence, competence, coping skills and a positive relationship with physical activity.

Through a fun, social and supportive environment our O2 Active exercise physiologists help participants

  • Establish a lifelong positive  relationship with movement
  • Improve social, mental and physical  health outcomes
  • Build confidence, capacity and competence

Creating real change through real support.

Our neurodiverse program supports children and  adolescents to:

  • Build capacity, independence, and the ability to participate in everyday life and community activities.
  • Improve behaviour, emotional regulation and attention
  • Reduce developmental delays in gross motor skills
  • Further independence to enjoy the best possible quality of life
  • Foster team building and development of social and communication skills which are so important to form relationships with peers, family and the community.

How to become involved in the YOUTH NEURODIVERSE PROGRAM: 

STEP 1: Call O2 Active

Call O2 Active to learn more about our Neurodiverse Youth program. Our staff will be ready to answer your questions and book your initial 45 minute consultation with an Exercise Physiologist. NDIS, Medicare and health rebates may apply.   

STEP 2: First consultation with parent

First consultation with parents or caregiver (Face to face or telehealth) – During this 45-minute assessment, we will discuss: Your child’s history:  Previous physical activity levels, motor skills, postural and musculoskeletal strengths and weaknesses, behaviour, social health, anxiety levels or triggers, mental health and other current and past supports. This will allow us to provide you with a holistic approach to their exercise prescription.  We will discuss your child’s goals and build these into their program. 

STEP 3: First session with child

Book your first 1 on 1 30 minute Youth Exercise Physiology session where introduce you to your program. 

We will conduct an initial session taking them through their program. This one on one session will guide us on how best to work with your child and assist in the path we take to ensure successful outcomes in the group setting.  

 

 

STEP 4: Weekly sessions

Book into the group Neurodiverse Program of weekly session/s. The group will have a ratio of 4:1 of children to therapist to ensure the best care and outcomes are achieved. 

CLASS TIMES:

Semi Private Group (max 6 px) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30pm

Cost $40 per class (NDIS or health rebates may apply)

Saturday morning class: Register your interest here

 

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Why work with O2 Active Exercise Physiologists

  • We are university qualified allied health professionals trained to prescribe and deliver exercise programs to neurodiverse young children and youth with over 23 years of experience in this field.    
  • We form part of a multi-disciplinary health team, collaborating with your other health professionals including occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioural specialists peadiatricians and GPs.  
  • We have no wait list and your child can start our program or one on one sessions to work towards their goals immediately.
  • Our team ensures that exercise is integrated and aligns with your child’s other therapies and supports. 

Exercise before school is known to be particular beneficial for neurodiverse children to:

  • Improve focus and attention. This is related to regulating the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine which play a role in attention and executive function.
  • Reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity in class. Exercise is an outlet for excess energy and can help the children better control their impulses.
  • Enhance mood and emotional regulation. The endorphins released during exercise and through a sense of achieving are natural mood boosters – this can help children stabilise moods and better regulate and express their emotions.
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety for the day ahead.
  • Enhance brain function. Exercise is known to release brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), this supports brain health and cognitive function.
  • Improve self-belief. By strengthening the body, children often increase their belief they can conquer other areas of their life.
  • Increase social interactions with their peers.
  • Improve sleep quality.
  • Up-skill in sporting motor skills and rules to be able to participate in school or community sport.
Whatever your reason, we’re here to help you achieve REAL CHANGE with REAL SUPPORT.

Create your own account, manage your class bookings and payments online.

Unit 1/124 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle WA 6159