What we do

How Next Step Community Works

The Program is delivered weekly for 45 minutes. We work on a school term basis; therefore, each program is conducted for 8 consecutive weeks, 4 Terms per year. Our groups are made up of 5-7 children depending on their needs. We operate the program across as many locations, as we have funding for each term.

PHASE 01

NEXT STEP PROGRAM
  • Child is introduced to Next Step Program and preliminary developmental goals set by family
  • Support is offered to assist in learning, physical development and social engagement
  • Child is monitored, and progress recorded (IEP) Individual Child Progress Report
  • Program coordinator engages with family to discuss transition
  • Support staff include occupational therapist, speech pathologist, or support worker

PHASE 02

MAINSTREAM PROGRAM
  • Program coordinator organizes mainstream class evaluation and begins to prepare support for transition
  • Family and child are supported through the process
  • Inclusion support coaches (ISC) are offered to assist
  • Child is monitored, and coaches report on child’s progress

PHASE 03

LOCALGRASSROOTS COMMUNITY SOCCER
  • Program coordinator engages in discussion about local football clubs
  • Coordinator provides family with options or supports family in planning
  • Child is now confidently understanding the concepts of football and enjoying their participation

PHASE 04

NEXT STEP PROGRAM
  • Child has developed a range of skills, knowledge, and awareness that enable them to explore a variety of new mainstream pathways.

NEXT STEP PARTICPANTS
CHILDREN AGED 3.5 – 9 YEARS ARE LIVING WITH:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 78%
Down Syndrome 12%
Cerebral Palsy 6%
Other neurological conditions 4%

How people find out about Next Step

Early Intervention Organisations​

Referral

Private Therapists NDIS CaseWorkers

Social Media Platforms