Variety Shine Intensive Program – Details

SHINE programs are intensive opportunities for children with a range of disabilities to access high quality multidisciplinary team services at no cost to families. We prioritise students who are NOT funded by other federal or state programs, are under funded or under-resourced, or students who have known disabilities but have no services. We aim to help students with the following diagnoses:

  • Articulation Delays—Articulation Disorders
  • Attention Deficit & Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Auditory Processing Impairments / Disorders (CAPD)
  • Communicative Social Deficits (needing social skills and friendship work)
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem Difficulties
  • Conversational and Narrative Difficulties
  • English as a Second Language Background
  • Friendship Problems and/or Social Skills Difficulties
  • Grammar Problems
  • High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Language Delay, Language Impairment, Language Disorders, Specific Language Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Listening and Following Instruction Problems
  • Mathematics Difficulties and Dyscalculia
  • Memory Difficulties
  • Mental Health Anxiety / Depression as they relate to schoolwork
  • Narrative Difficulties
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability
  • Reading Delay, Reading Impaired, Reading Disorders, Dyslexia
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Speech Sound Disorders and Dyspraxia
  • Spelling Delay or Impairment
  • Writing – Delay, Impairment, Disorders and Dysgraphia

Unfortunately, these services are not suitable for the following areas: Intellectually Disabled, Severely/Profoundly Autistic, Physically Impaired (Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Stroke), Major Problem Behaviours, Major Medical Issues, or those with Major Mental Health concerns related to Trauma.

These programs are designed for children who have an IQ in the normal range. Students must be attending mainstream schools and not receiving funding from the NDIS for therapy.

Each program costs us approximately $2,000 per week for each child. These costs pay for facilities, equipment, and Professional Supervisory staff. There is no charge or invoice sent to families. We do ask that if you have the means to do so, that you consider a tax-deductible donation of $400 for each program the student participates in. This helps us continue to run these programs in future years. You will receive a receipt for any donation of $2 or more. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible.

All programs (excluding the Social Skills Program) run for 5 days, from 9am to 3pm and take place in Port Melbourne.

  • Program 1 – Monday 6th – Friday 10th January 2020
  • Program 2 – Monday 13th – Friday 17th January 2020
  • Program 3 – Monday 20th – Friday 24th January 2020 (Please note the program finishes at 1pm on Friday 24th January)

Applications for the January 2020 SHINE Program are now closed. If you are interested in the program, you can register for the wait list by completing an application.

HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHO IS SELECTED?

Clinicians involved with the program review all files for each applicant and determine if the program will be able to meet their needs. In some cases, advice is sought from other professionals.  

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY?

School aged children require an Application Form to be submitted and ANY and ALL reports relating to the child be provided to us. These reports will typically include:

  • Any and all assessment reports identifying the child’s difficulties.
  • Medical and Psychological reports that identify potential learning difficulties.
  • Official diagnoses letters.
  • Any assessments of hearing (auditory skills) and vision.
  • Any and all assessments of Intellectual Ability or Intelligence Quotient.
  • Any and all previous therapy reports to help us understand what has been tried already.
  • The two most recent school reports for the child.
  • A letter from the child’s teacher outlining what the student needs help with**.
  • If the child has had an Individualised Learning Program (at school) then the most recent ILP should be provided—this also helps us determine school-based goals that have been agreed upon by the family.
  • List of any medications the child is currently taking.
  • Any additional information that will aid us in determining eligibility and helping us target appropriate skills that need work.

**Letter from teacher must contain specific problem. For example, indicating a child needs help with reading is not useful because we need to know if the child needs help with vocabulary, grammar, sight word recognition, phonics, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, learning to make inferences or reading fluency.

All these materials are utilised to determine eligibility and what goals we might target during the intensive program. We cannot make a decision about inclusion in the program until we are confident we understand your child’s needs and how we might assist. In some instances, we may recommend further assessments. SHINE or Variety Victoria staff may contact you to clarify information in your child’s application.

SHINE or Variety Victoria staff may contact you to clarify information in your child’s application.

Applications for the January 2020 SHINE Program are now closed. If you are interested in the program, you can register for the wait list by completing an application.

Are you an Allied Health Professional, a specialist teacher, support staff or after an opportunity to volunteer?

We’re looking for a range of staff and volunteers to help us facilitate the Variety SHINE Program. If you’re interested in hearing more take a look at the Staff Application Form or email us at [email protected].

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