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Now and Next: an external evaluation

Now and Next: an external evaluation

When we were developing the Now and Next program at Plumtree in 2015, we knew we were onto something special. It began with a vision to help parents of young children with a disability or developmental delay cultivate skills that achieve positive outcomes for the...

Pictability training for Early Childhood professionals

Pictability training for Early Childhood professionals

Thanks to the ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant, Plumtree Peer workers are currently training Early Childhood professionals in Pictability, a new way to plan & create a vision. More here...

Research on Peer Work in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Project

Research on Peer Work in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Project

Plumtree is a proud advocate of peer work in early childhood intervention. Since 2015, we have trained and employed 20 peer workers who do a range of paid work that includes running workshops and courses, research, project management, vision-setting and planning with...

Family-centred practice: are we there yet?

Family-centred practice: are we there yet?

This post contains the Key Note address given by Sylvana Mahmic, Plumtree CEO at Pauline McGregor Address, National Early Childhood Intervention Australia Conference, Melbourne. 2016. In 1992, my eldest son was diagnosed with a disability. During the early...

The Parent Professional Relationship Statement

The Parent Professional Relationship Statement

Working in partnership with professionals In April 2017, the peer facilitators and alumni of the Now and Next program held their inaugural conference, entitled ‘By Families, For Families’, in Sydney, Australia. At this conference, something groundbreaking transpired,...

NDIS News

How to manage your NDIS funding package

How to manage your NDIS funding package

There are three different ways that you can manage your child’s NDIS funding and it’s important to understand each of these so that you can make the decision that is right for your child and family. Firstly, Self-managed: You manage all financial, recruitment and...

Ready, Set, NDIS: Setting goals for your child

Ready, Set, NDIS: Setting goals for your child

We want the best for our children, and having a vision is essential for them to thrive. Achieving it involves planning and setting goals for the child and family that lead to positive outcomes. While outcomes are a somewhat overlooked area in the current system, they...

Ready, Set, NDIS: A parent’s perspective

Ready, Set, NDIS: A parent’s perspective

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across Sydney from July 2017. We invited Kerrie Turner, a mother of three accessing the scheme in the Hunter Region NDIS trial site, to talk about her experience at Plumtree’s Ready, Set, NDIS workshop in...

A new way to plan and set goals for children with a disability

A new way to plan and set goals for children with a disability

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Inner West and South East Sydney rollout approaching next year, having a vision for your child instead of a checklist of therapies is essential. Setting goals enables you to get the most out of the new system, receive a...

Plumtree News & Events

Now and Next: an external evaluation

Now and Next: an external evaluation

When we were developing the Now and Next program at Plumtree in 2015, we knew we were onto something special. It began with a vision to help parents of young children with a disability or developmental delay cultivate skills that achieve positive outcomes for the...

Pictability training for Early Childhood professionals

Pictability training for Early Childhood professionals

Thanks to the ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant, Plumtree Peer workers are currently training Early Childhood professionals in Pictability, a new way to plan & create a vision. More here...

The Impact of Parents doing Now and Next Together

The Impact of Parents doing Now and Next Together

Now & Next- Family Resilience and Working as a Team Nicole Buffoni Before my son was diagnosed with ASD, my husband and I had always been an incredible team. Life, for the most part had felt like we were in it together- facing both our challenges and dreams as...

By Families, For Families: Now and Next Alumni Conference

By Families, For Families: Now and Next Alumni Conference

In April of 2017 the peer facilitators and alumni of Now and Next convened a conference, entitled, ‘By Families, For Families’. Like Now and Next itself, the conference was the first of its kind – an event arranged and run by families, for families. What made the Now...

Parents as peer leaders

Parents as peer leaders

One goal of the Now and Next program is to identify potential peer leaders, and to recruit and train them into the NANA Peer Facilitators team. This ‘leadership pipeline’ not only allows Now and Next to continue to be led by enthusiastic and impassioned parent peers,...

Using songs to guide children through daily activities

Using songs to guide children through daily activities

There are some great messages about the joys of singing in old musicals. While you can’t burst into song for every situation (like the checkout queue or the car park!), singing can help guide children smoothly and happily through daily routines, activities and...

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