Category Archives: NDIS

How to help your special needs child build better social skills

How to build better social skills with your special needs child

For children with learning and thinking differences, making connections with others can be difficult.

As parents and teachers, it can be worrying to watch a child a child we care about struggle, because we know that friendships and feelings of belonging are vital to our kids’ learning, development and well-being.

If your child, or a child you work with…

  • Feels anxious in social situations
  • Has trouble ‘reading’ other people’s facial expressions or body language
  • Is a poor listener and frequently interrupts when others are speaking
  • Monopolizes conversations or goes off-topic a lot
  • Doesn’t notice when other kids reject or don’t want to play with them
  • Is overly literal and doesn’t ‘get’ hidden meanings
  • Is a ‘playground police officer’ who enforces‘the rules’ and prevents other kids from enjoying spontaneous play
  • Struggles to take turns in a game
  • Can’t cope with losing or not being first
  • Finds it hard to remember what to say or how to behave in social settings

… join us for this special event presented by Special Educator Kirsty Gale and teacher and best-selling author, Sonja Walker.

With decades of experience between them, Sonja and Kristy will share simple strategies to give your special needs child a better chance to enjoy happy, positive relationships.


Kirsty Gale - Early Learning Support Specialist at Kids First Children's Services

With a Masters’ Degree in Special Education and more than 20 years of classroom and playground experience, Kirsty Gale understands how children with unique needs learn and interact. Kirsty is the leader of Kids First’s Early Learning Support Specialist team. She works closely with parents and teachers to help kids with unique needs to thrive and not just cope at home, preschool and school. She also coordinates Kids First’s Social Skills Groups for children aged 4-12.

Sonja Walker - teacher, author and founder of Kids First Children's Services

Teacher and Kids First founder Sonja Walker is passionate about supporting children with special needs and their families. The author of best-selling book, SCHOOL READY: A Practical and Supportive Guide for Parents with Sensitive Kids, Sonja is a sought after speaker who is known for her practical, down to earth approach to helping kids to thrive and not just cope.

Who is this event for?

This event is best suited to parents, carers and teachers of children with unique learning, thinking and social needs. It may be helpful for the families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties, as well as mild intellectual delays.

Event Details

Date:        Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Time:        7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue:      The Chairman’s Club, Brookvale Oval

The Chairman’s Clubis located in the Ken Arthurson stand on the first floor of the Brookvale Oval stadium complex. Entry is via the stairs near the main gate located on Alfred Street, Brookvale. Parking is available in the Brookvale Oval complex and in neighbouring streets.

Your respect for our cancellation policy (detailed below) is appreciated.


Free places at Kids First Community Service Seminars are reserved on a first-come, first served basis and due to the heavy expected demand for this event, bookings are essential.

This will be the only presentation of this seminar for 2019.

Cancellation Policy

If you book a place and fail to attend this event, another family may miss out on the opportunity to participate. Should your plans change, please inform us of your change of circumstances at least 24 hours prior to the event. Kids First reserves the right to wait-list guests who have held bookings for free Community Service Seminars in the past and have, without notice, failed to attend.

Book your ticket for this Kids First Community Service Seminar here

Does my child have autism?

Parents often worry about their child’s progress. Regardless of whether your son or daughter is your first child or you have other children, it’s understandable to be concerned if he or she doesn’t seem to be meeting common developmental milestones in the same way as peers. You might even be wondering: Does my child have autism? If… Continue Reading

How to Manage Aggression in Children

Is your child aggressive? Many parents are understandably concerned that their children displays aggressive behaviour at home, at school, or in the playground. Research suggests that it’s important to intervene as early as possible if you observe this type of behaviour in your child. Some approaches require the help of experienced professionals. There are, however,… Continue Reading

Good NDIS News: Parents get choices for their children

In this final part of Kids First’s helpful introduction to the NDIS, our speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers explain the choices that are available to northern beaches children and families. Read on for all the details … There’s quite a bit of confusion among parents whose children are eligible for the National Disability Insurance… Continue Reading

Your child and the NDIS: What is (and isn’t) covered

Part 3 of Kids First’s helpful series of NDIS facts dives into the issue of services that your child could be eligible for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Get the details below … What does the NDIS cover? Many northern beaches families were hopeful that the NDIS would cover the schooling or medical costs that… Continue Reading

The NDIS in Sydney’s northern beaches: How to get funding for your child

In this second fact sheet in our NDIS series, the Kids First team explains how families in Sydney’s northern beaches can get and use NDIS funding for their child. There are 2 pathways to the NDIS. If your child is aged under 6, your journey will begin with an NDIS early childhood partner. If your… Continue Reading

NDIS offers support to children in Sydney’s northern beaches

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to Northern Sydney on July 1 2016, so the Kids First team in Brookvale has developed a series of fast fact sheets to help families navigate this new program. We hope you find our 4 part NDIS series helpful! Many families who have children with disabilities may be familiar… Continue Reading