Supporting your child to reach their full potential

Every child deserves to be able to explore the world freely, confidently and safely. They also need the right skills to achieve big milestones in their development. That’s where we can help.

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Programs that grow with every child

We provide a variety of training and support programs that are tailored to each child’s needs, age and skill level. This usually starts with teaching babies to learn through play and progresses over time to help your child get around their school, back home, and to extracurricular activities like sport and work experiences.

Every program is created around a fun learning environment designed to help each child build independence and encourage them to make friends, be creative and explore their opportunities.

Support that is right for your family

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How do the programs work?

Services for kids and teens can include anything from helping them to navigate their home and community, to providing support to help them cope with vision loss. They can receive almost all of our services, just adapted into a format that is suitable for their age.

Support is typically provided one-on-one with a specialist instructor within your home, local community, or at your child’s school.

We also offer school holiday camps and after school programs for groups of school-aged students, to give them the opportunity to connect with kids of the same age who also have low or no vision for support, encouragement and friendship.

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Is there help for the whole family?

Our specialist instructors will work with you and anyone else in your child’s life that can help to reinforce the training they’re doing and the skills they’re learning.

The skills and strategies taught in a session are shared with parents, to ensure you are able to assist your child and practice afterwards. Depending on the age of your child, you may be heavily involved in the sessions, or just part of some aspects if your child is older.

Siblings can also receive support to help increase their understanding of vision impairment and help them cope with any emotions they may be facing around their sibling’s vision loss.

What skills could my child gain?

Our programs for children are all about promoting their independence and growing their confidence. They can also help your child with things like:

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Travelling safely

Such as navigating the community, catching public transport and using mobility aids.

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Building relationships

Such as making new friends, interacting with others and enhancing family relationships.

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Communication skills

Such as talking to others, using other senses, body language and expression.

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School and study

Such as getting around school, setting up their desk and doing schoolwork.

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Participation in activities

Such as group or individual leisure activities like reading, sports and music.

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Preparing for adulthood

Such as shopping, money management, cooking basic meals and job readiness.

Tiffany’s story

It’s been great to see Tiffany’s confidence and independence grow in learning how to plan and use public transport. She has also really enjoyed her Orientation and Mobility lessons. It’s fantastic for her to get to know other children her age who are going through similar situations, and for me to get to know the other parents.

Patricia,
Tiffany's mum
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Supporting your child at school

We know how important it is that your child is able to focus on their education, rather than worrying about anything else. By working collaboratively with their school, we can help them to worry less about their mobility and give more of their attention to learning.

Making education easier

The main goal of each school based program is to ensure the student has the support, skills and strategies they need to participate in all kinds of school activities. Our experienced instructors work closely with schools and teachers to ensure the training provided complements established school programs, while also helping to meet the child’s needs and giving them the skills to reach their goals.

It’s normal for a child’s needs to change as they grow older, so we can also help them through any changes over the course of school life that may require additional skills or the introduction of different mobility aids.

The Department of Education’s SDSS program provides essential funding to allow us to deliver unique services in support of educational outcomes.

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Our programs go with the child right through their schooling and really focus on building independence and confidence. It’s amazing to watch a child grow in their confidence just by having this training.

Vickie, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Guide Dogs Queensland

Learn more about your funding options

You may be able to access funding and assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help cover the cost of support and training programs for your child.

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Learn more about your funding options

You may be able to access funding and assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help cover the cost of support and training programs for your child.

Learn more

Services your child can access

Most of our programs and services can be tailored to your child now, based on their needs and age.

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Orientation and Mobility
Orientation and Mobility

Gain the skills you need to be able to get around safely and independently.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Receive professional support for everyday skills like cooking, cleaning and personal care.

Counselling
Counselling

Losing your vision can be a confronting experience, but we’re here to support you.

Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology

Toddlers can begin using equipment like a cane to help them move around safely.

Special Education Programs for children and young people

Our school outreach program and school holiday camps are supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education and Special Disability Support in Schools (SDSS).

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The Queensland Government logo

Alanna is here to guide you through your options and help connect you with the right support.

Phone
Call 1800 810 122
Address
Guide Dogs Queensland Breeding and Training Centre
1978 Gympie Rd, Bald Hills Qld 4036
Office
Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 4:30pm
Contact
Contact Client Services online
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Alanna
Your Support Coordinator

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