Lifestart, a not for profit organisation and registered charity, provides early intervention and school age years inclusion support programs and supports to children and young people 0 - 24 years living with disability or developmental delay. Lifestart uses a family/person centred approach to meeting the priorities and needs of children and young people, their families and carers. It is based on the concept of partnership with children and young people, their families and carers, to assist and empower them to participate meaningfully and inclusively in our community.
Since 1996, Lifestart has grown from one centre and now offers early intervention, transition to school and school age years inclusion supports across NSW. The families who started Lifestart wanted choice and involvement in their child’s program and with a small amount of funding from the then Department of Ageing and Disability, the group established the first Lifestart program in a single classroom at Turramurra Public School. Lifestart is founded on evidence based practice including a family centred approach which a core strength of Lifestart’s philosophy.
Lifestart’s programs and supports have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families. Lifestart currently supports over 2000 families and children. Our committed team offers a range of flexible and responsive individual supports to children, young people and their families / carers to assist them to achieve their gaols and aspirations
Lifestart uses a key worker approach. A key worker is the person you will see and talk to the most. A key worker is an early intervention professional and may be a speech pathologist, special educator, occupational therapist, social worker, physiotherapist or psychologist.
Lifestart’s highly skilled therapists, educators and family support staff work in partnership with your family to achieve the best possible outcomes for your child or young person’s learning and development.
Support can be provided for:
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Transition to school
- School support
- Social welfare
- Community inclusion
- Family information and support
- Helping communities and services to build capacity