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Behaviour is not a bad word

Behaviour is not a bad word

As parents, we will be presented with many different behaviours throughout our little one’s childhood. Some will be heart-warming, others potentially heartbreaking. When the latter happens, it can be challenging for the whole family, especially if you feel that you...

Our journey to a family-centred early intervention experience

Our journey to a family-centred early intervention experience

Stacey Touma, Peer Worker at Plumtree, was invited to speak at the International Society for Early Intervention (ISEI) Conference Welcome Reception in June 2019. The ISEI Conference has a strong history of bringing together experts from all around the world. This is...

Create a positive change for your family without leaving the house!

Create a positive change for your family without leaving the house!

Being the parent of a young child with a disability, developmental delay or neurodiverse diagnosis can create long days and busy schedules. Add the juggle of work, siblings, family life and an ever-full laundry basket, and you are no doubt at capacity. You know what...

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Since 2015, Plumtree has been investing in new ways to build the capability of families who have a child with a disability or developmental delays, to set a positive hopeful vision for their child and to help them to work towards achieving their goals. Doing this...

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Nicole Buffoni was a self-confessed hurried woman who felt guilty, anxious and overwhelmed by the therapy schedule she was trying to upkeep for her four year old son. Nicole constantly felt that she couldn’t do all the therapy that she needed to do in order to achieve...

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Doctor, Mother, Scholar, Author, Daughter, Blogger, Partner, Researcher, Teacher. Dr Emma Goodall is all of these things and she also happens to be autistic. Dr Emma Goodall believes that she should not be the exception to the life that she has created and that...

NDIS News

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Nicole Buffoni was a self-confessed hurried woman who felt guilty, anxious and overwhelmed by the therapy schedule she was trying to upkeep for her four year old son. Nicole constantly felt that she couldn’t do all the therapy that she needed to do in order to achieve...

New to the world of NDIS? Here is a parent’s perspective

New to the world of NDIS? Here is a parent’s perspective

Kerrie Turner is mother of three including Joshua, who has a global developmental delay and has been in the NDIS since 2016.  Kerrie shares her trail blazing experience and how a focus on goal setting and new mindset, were the keys to achieving outcomes for her...

Have you heard about Hire up?  Need to know more?

Have you heard about Hire up? Need to know more?

One of the benefits of the NDIS is that it gives people with a disability more choice and flexibility over the services they choose.  Developing plans and strategies with a therapist or keyworker are essential to achieving your child and family’s goals. As...

Creative ways of using your NDIS funding

Creative ways of using your NDIS funding

Jacqui Godwin didn’t know what was possible when she set out to increase her daughter Sophies' communication, however, by creatively using her NDIS funding, she is amazed at how far and fast her daughter’s language has developed. Early in 2017, Jacqui put a goal in...

8 top NDIS tips

8 top NDIS tips

Self-managing or plan managing your NDIS package gives you greater flexibility to reach your goals using your funding. It’s not hard to self-manage but if you want the flexibility, without the administrative responsibility, then plan managing is for you. Sam Paior...

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 1990s,...

Plumtree News & Events

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Since 2015, Plumtree has been investing in new ways to build the capability of families who have a child with a disability or developmental delays, to set a positive hopeful vision for their child and to help them to work towards achieving their goals. Doing this...

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Doctor, Mother, Scholar, Author, Daughter, Blogger, Partner, Researcher, Teacher. Dr Emma Goodall is all of these things and she also happens to be autistic. Dr Emma Goodall believes that she should not be the exception to the life that she has created and that...

Promoting the voice of children in education & inclusive education

Promoting the voice of children in education & inclusive education

Dr Pippa Murray strongly believes that it is always possible to find a voice for your child, regardless of the challenges your son or daughter is facing. As parents it is our job to join the dots and help facilitate our child’s communication, as this is an important...

Family agency is the foundation of your child’s future

Family agency is the foundation of your child’s future

“When our whole family is thriving our child thrives too” - Sylvana Mahmic In her opening address Sylvana Mahmic Plumtree CEO and co-creator of the Now and Next program highlights that as parents we know our children better than anyone and we want the very best for...

How to create a good life for our children

How to create a good life for our children

In 2018 Nicole Buffoni, Plumtree Peer Worker, visited Ireland & Sweden to attend the International Initiative for Disability Leadership Conference.  This journey created a shift in the hopes and dreams she has for her son Harry.  Nicole reflects on her...

Have you heard about Hire up?  Need to know more?

Have you heard about Hire up? Need to know more?

One of the benefits of the NDIS is that it gives people with a disability more choice and flexibility over the services they choose.  Developing plans and strategies with a therapist or keyworker are essential to achieving your child and family’s goals. As...

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