Groups and programs

Parents as Teachers

ODEEP offers the very successful Parents as Teachers Program to all parents in the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney region. Each week parents with new babies from birth to 12 months will meet with other new parents along with the ODEEP educator. Families have the opportunity to interact with other families and share common parenting concerns or accomplishments.  Each session will provide an opportunity to learn about and receive information relating to a different area of child development. Practical demonstrations and hands on involvement will assist in ways to actively stimulate your baby's development.  Throughout the play there is further opportunity to share and discuss the joys and challenges that may arise in this age group.

Families with babies from birth to 12 months of age are encouraged to participate. They may remain in the program until the child is two and a half to three years old.

Parents as Teachers groups are built on the idea of community. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about Teachers as Parents at ODEEP to come see our work in action at one of our sessions. If interested please call 02 6361 4093.

When: Fridays during school terms

Where: At ODEEP

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Age: 0 to 12 months

My Time

MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child aged 0 to 18 years with a disability or chronic medical condition. 

It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.

MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support to families raising children with complex needs. Peer support groups provide an opportunity for people who are living similar experiences to share those experiences and support each other.  A play leader provides educational activities and experiences to under school age children who attend the group.

Facilitators work with group members, helping them to get to know each other and learn more about the services and supports in their area. Through talking and sharing experiences, you can build relationships with other families. You can also access research-based parenting information and learn new skills. Members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, with help from the facilitator. Depending on what the group wants to do, the facilitator might guide group activities or provide resources.

When: Mondays during school terms. Each 8 week block begins the second Thursday of each new school term.

Where: At ODEEP

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Eligibilty: MyTime is open to anyone who caring for a child with disability, developmental delay, or chronic medical condition. Groups are open to everyone, regardless of the condition of their child. Children below school age may also attend groups with their parent or carer.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call us on 02 6361 4093

Aqua Therapy and Autism Swim

Aqua Therapy provides water-based therapy designed to improve areas that impact the everyday functioning for children with disabilities. 

Our one-on-one aquatic therapy sessions with a qualified Autism Swim, Access and Inclusion and AustSwim Instructor will provide a supportive environment to support your child towards achieving their goals.

Some of the benefits of aqua therapy are:

  • Improve gross and fine motor skills - Strength, balance and coordination to facilitate the development of walking, running, climbing and participation in meaningful activities. Developing pincer grip, hand and finger strength and in-hand manipulation to facilitate the development of hand skills, such as using cutlery and writing.

  • Expand communication & Social skills - Expressive language and following instructions to enable the child to meaningfully communicate with others.

  • Develop Water Safety & Awareness -To better enable your child to go on to learn how to swim and be safe in aquatic environments.

Our aqua therapy program aim to incorporate these skills along with your NDIS goals to maximise the opportunities for skills development”

ODEEP is so proud to announce that one of our awesome teachers Theresa Fieldus is now an Autism Swim Approved Instructor.

Theresa has completed her Autism Swim training and is now the only Autism Swim approved instructor west of Sydney.


Theresa is also an Austswim instructor specialising in access and inclusion, infants aquatic and stroke correction.

Our physiotherapist Zoe Basham is also one of our wonderful aqua therapy teachers. Zoe is also AUSTSWIM accredited.

What does this mean? Autism Swim is the only certifying body specific to autism and aquatics worldwide.  Theresa will work closely with Autism Swim to deliver the best possible outcomes for the children engaged in Aqua Therapy within our service.

Theresa has received training, resources and support in order to understand the differing needs and wants of swimmers with other abilities; and to teach them in a way that is most conducive to their needs and NDIS goals. 

The team at Autism Swim assist Theresa to target three key areas:

  1. Water Therapy. Ensuring our swimmers are comfortable and happy to be in and around the water. This sets them up with the best chance of learning.

  2. Water Safety. Water safety is imperative for every learner, however even more so for our children who have a decreased ability to perceive risk and danger.

  3. Learn to Swim. Adapting and modifying our teaching techniques to ensure that we cater for all different learning styles and abilities. We work toward individual goals, rather than trying to fit learners into pre-determined ‘levels’.

  4. We have made the ongoing commitment to education, and we are confident that this resonates  in the work that Theresa is already undertaking with Aqua Therapy.

For more information about Autism Swim and the services they provide, please visit their website –

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