The KidsXpress Expressive Therapy Program is underpinned by an understanding of the importance of early intervention, the transformative power of expressive therapies, creativity, and play, and the incredible ability of the brain to change itself (‘brain plasticity’). For children with limited language skills and vocabularies, and particularly for children impacted by trauma who may be unable to put ideas into speech, expression through art, music, movement, or play empowers them to express themselves without the need for words. We deliver three types of Expressive Therapy programs.
Run from our headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney, our group therapy program is facilitated in ten, 90-minute sessions held after school, over the course of a school term. There are 4-6 children aged up to 12 years in each session, grouped by age and referral issues. Each session is conducted by three of our highly trained expressive therapists – ensuring high therapist to child ratios and multiple viewpoints on each child’s behaviour. Key to KidsXpress’ success is the ability of our therapy team to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for children. The first three weeks of the program focus on establishing this trust. From there, each child is encouraged to express their feelings and look more closely at themselves using music, art, drama and play therapies. Over the final four weeks of the program, the Therapists help each child find creative ways to cope with their feelings and experiences into the future.
This program works in partnership with schools to remove the burden of distance for families living in communities without easy and direct access to Macquarie Park and operates on a 10-week therapy structure aligned with NSW school terms. Children are referred directly by their school and then strategically placed into groups of 4-6 based on age and referral reasons.
Children must be referred by a suitable professional – usually from health, education or social services. For instance, they could be a psychologist, counsellor or social worker. The referring professional needs to be currently working with the child and not be related to them. Following the initial referral, KidsXpress will contact you and the referrer by mail to confirm your child’s placement on the wait list.When a place comes up, you’ll be contacted again to arrange an assessment for your child. If you would like assistance in finding a suitable referrer, please contact us at email@example.com.
One of the keys to the success of KidsXpress is that we create a safe place for children to really explore their feelings in order for them to figure things out. As such, parents or caregivers do not participate in the sessions with their child. Apart from the therapists – it literally is a kids-only zone.
Once a child has completed the 10-week program, the parent and referrer will be given a summary of the child’s progress, including further therapeutic recommendations as well as relevant contact details for follow up creative programs in their area. In the months following we’ll check in at various stages to see how each child is progressing. Parents and referrers will also need to do an online evaluation to help us validate the effectiveness of the program.