News from our Therapy Assistant

I am the Assistant to the Therapy team at Monash SDS. My role consists of assisting in preparation of programs, assisting in classrooms, Gymbusters  and admin.


One of my favourite programs in our School is our Café program. The program is run by the Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist and Therapy Assistant.


The program is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to learn skills that would be needed within a café setting. The students learn to extend their understanding of practical concepts such as hot and cold, dirty and clean and other relevant concepts that are encountered in a café setting.


Our students also get the opportunity to build their skills in making hot and cold beverages (milkshake, hot chocolate, coffee, tea) and toast with different spreads for themselves and for others. It also includes taking meal orders from staff and students.


It is such a lovely program to be involved in and seeing the children grow with independence and confidence over the year.

To me it is priceless.


Donna Barfoot

Therapy Assistant