Before a child is ready to start ‘big school’ they need to have developed the foundational skills necessary for Prep so that they don’t struggle with the demands or pace of learning at school.

This group is for children beginning Prep the following year who need extra assistance to ensure that they are ready to thrive, flourish and enjoy school.


The group will be run by a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist and will target the following:


Pencil grip

pencil control and finger strength

attention and listening skills

Gross motor skills and coordination

and hand eye coordination (this is important for learning to write!)

Self care

and organisational skills

expressing their ideas

understanding language

(following instructions, concepts etc)

Social skills and using social language with peers

phonological awareness

early literacy skills

The program is tailored to support each child’s needs through discussion with families, pre-school teachers, and other health professionals involved.

Parents will be provided with a summary report at the end of the group and suggestions/activities to continue their progress after the program has finished.

The Prepare for Prep groups are run for 3 half days – 9am till 1pm in the January and September school holidays.
Children will bring their own lunch and participate in a ‘lunchtime at school’ with social support.


 We are fortunate to be able to run our group sessions within schools and early learning centres.

​Carryover of social skills teaching is more easily achieved if ‘worked on’ with the child’s peers as they can then replicate the game/session throughout the week. It also teaches other children on how to engage in the right way for your child.

The groups focus on building the foundations for social interactions and play skills needed in everyday life. Skills such as turntaking, eye contact, reading facial expressions and body language, functional play, problem solving, responding to instructions, initiating and maintain interactions, building peer relationships – the list goes on and on!. The program is tailored to the needs of your child.

The groups can be ongoing over the year or for a targeted time, for example a term.


At Joy Therapy we want to make sure that our families can access therapy in a relaxed and cost effective way. We are lucky that we are able to service our children at their daycare or kinders. Sometimes we have several children at the one centre that can work together, therefore reducing the cost for families.

The children will focus on their individual speech sounds that they need to develop and parents will be provided with follow up material each week to practise.




​If you have any questions about our groups, please contact us on 5976 2570 or email us



Our books are currently closed to new referrals as we are at capacity and providing therapy to existing clients only.

To get in touch with us please fill in the form or feel free to call us on
5976 2570

PO Box 3467 Mornington Vic 3931

New Somerville clinic now open!

2 Park Lane Somerville 3912 (By appointment only)

Servicing the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds, we are here to answer any questions you have regarding speech pathology and occupational therapy for your child.  We will get in touch with you within 24 hours of your enquiry.