Welcome to Branch Support Services
Capacity building through personal, social, relationship, employment and early intervention programs. With 1:1 clinics, group sessions, social hub memberships and events, we deliver supportive and holistic programs that promote independence.
We are experienced special education teachers with comprehensive training in trauma-informed practice and child protection. Our passion is supporting people with intellectual disability, ASD and ABI towards independence.
We facilitate 1:1 and small group skill-building programs for ages 7-65, early intervention programs for our littlest friends, and small group social gatherings. These programs can be privately or NDIS funded (self-managed or plan-managed participants).
Why not try an affordable membership that unlocks access to our social hub with supervision and skills coaching included. If membership is not for you, pay-as-you-go is also available. This service can be privately or NDIS funded (self-managed or plan-managed participants).
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We can support your child to prepare for school and through the transition into school. Our work focuses on developmental milestones, functional life skills and working towards independence.
Our programs target children aged 4, 5 and 6 who require support relating to a diagnosed disability or developmental milestones. 1:1 and small group sessions are facilitated by experienced special education teachers in:
Fine Motor Skills
Routines and Self-care
Play and Social Skills
Other areas as needed.
Social skills training can impact on lives in enriching and fulfilling ways. Our programs identify areas of need and develop these by building on existing strengths.
We facilitate social skills training in 1:1, 1:2 and small group sessions, supporting participants towards independence in:
Understanding social cues
Participating in conversations
Expressive and receptive body language
Social conventions such as turn-taking
Other areas as needed
Our group sessions are an opportunity to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills!
We facilitate 1:1 and group programs with a focus on understanding and communicating our feelings, wants and needs in different types of relationships. Discussions, Q&As, role modelling, role-plays, multimedia, games and more, ensure learning is highly engaging and responsive to participant needs.
Over the course of the program, some topics we may explore include:
Knowing my feelings and what they mean
How to know if someone wants to be my friend
How to know if someone likes me romantically
How to tell someone if I don’t’ feel comfortable
How to say no
How to respond to no
The importance of feeling safe
Body language and verbal language
Personal and social boundaries
Understanding what others are communicating
How to ask someone on a date
What respectful relationships look like
How to end relationships in safe ways
Public versus private behaviour
Planning a date
Safe expression of sexual feelings
Internet dating and safety
Other topics as they arise
FUNCTIONAL LIVING SKILLS
We use The Assessment of Functional Living Skills Guide to guide the focus areas of our functional living skills programs. These can be facilitated 1:1 and in small groups, depending on the needs of participants. Our programs include education and skills-based training in basic skills, home skills, community participation skills and independent living skills.
BEHAVIOUR AND EMOTIONAL REGULATION
We support participants to develop the skills they need to live their best life. Every behaviour has a function, and responses need to be understood holistically. We support participants to understand their behaviour(s), recognise triggers and stressors, work on their emotional regulation, and practice replacement behaviours.
We support participants by preparing them for employment in practical ways. These include:
Cover letter development
Writing and submitting job applications
Coaching and mentoring
Interview skills training
Debriefing and refining skills to continually improve
Basic workplace training including teamwork, WHS and completing forms
We support participants during periods of transition. Changes can be overwhelming and can impacts on an individual's ability to organise their thoughts, plan responses, regulate emotions and adapt.
Individual programs may include, but are not limited to:
Learning new routines
Developing individualised resources (e.g. timetables, social stories, calm cards)
Developing and practicing personal strategies
Our work is highly responsive to individual needs.
We host small gatherings for young adults with intellectual disability to build social skills capacity in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the skills training typically integrated may include:
Negotiating and making group decisions
Preparing or ordering food
Decorating a room
Setting a table
Telling and understanding jokes
Reading social cues
Respecting personal boundaries
These gatherings may include dinner nights, movie nights, game clubs and more. They are highly engaging and teach important life skills at the same time.
Our base is a vibrant hub that offers a range of engaging spaces, resources and hang-out zones all designed to teach and practice a range of personal, social and life skills in a supportive environment.
Hub membership comes with full supervision, coaching and some structured sessions delivered by qualified and experienced special education teachers.
Memberships are sold in ten-week blocks (aligned with school terms) and are open to individuals from age 10. Participants are able to choose the times they wish to attend and bookings are required to secure these.
1 hour per week for 10 weeks is $200 (or $20 per hour).
2 hours per week for 10 weeks is $360 (or $18 per hour)
3 hours per week for 10 weeks is $480 (or $16 per hour)
4 hours per week for 10 weeks is $560 (or $14 per hour)
5 hours per week for 10 weeks is $600 (or $12 per hour)
If membership is not for you, our hub can be accessed for an hourly rate of $30 (Wed-Fri), $40 (Sat) and $50 (Sun), with full supervision, skills coaching and some structured sessions run by qualified special education teachers. Bookings essential.