The Program

Talk 'n Tumble: The Program


  • Groups size:

    • Around 4-6 kids 

  • Age: 

    • Kinder and primary

  • Participants:

    • No formal diagnosis or referral required

    • Suitable for most children with Global Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD

    • Suitable also for children with no diagnosis e.g. cautious, slow to develop, active, sensory seekers and avoiders

  • Time:

    • 1 hr weekly classes during school term

    •  Weekdays during school hours only

  • Families and Caregivers:

    • Families/caregivers will be provided with tools and strategies throughout the program to continue development and growth in the home and community environment

    • Each child will be encouraged to participate independently without their caregivers, however, recognising each child is uniquely different, caregivers may join the group if required. The OT will direct the parent on how to do this in the best way.

    • Parents are encouraged to stay and watch if this is best for you and your child.

Talk 'n' Tumble is a gymnastics based Occupational Therapy group program for kinder and school-aged children. The program provides opportunities to develop a child's self-confidence, foundational motor skills and movement patterns and some of the building blocks necessary for social/emotional development.


The group is facilitated by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and a qualified Gymnastics Coach. Groups are based out of Eastern Gymnastics Club in Box Hill South.




Personal/Social/Emotional Skills:

  • Waiting, lining up and whole body listening

  • Following instructions

  • Transitioning between activities

  • Introducing self and greeting peers

  • Inviting peers to play and joining in a group

  • Playing in a fun and safe way

  • Encouraging and respecting others

  • Independence and self-confidence

  • Problem-solving through challenges

  • Coping with winning and losing

  • Recognise, express and begin to regulate emotions

  • Cooperation and negotiation


Foundational Motor Skills & Movement Patterns:

  • Body awareness

  • Sensory integration

  • Strength, balance, coordination

  • Gross and fine motor skills

  • Crossing the midline, bilateral coordination and integration

  • Planning and sequencing

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​"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning".

                      - Fred Rogers

Social Thinking®

Talk 'n' Tumble incorporates some of Michelle Garcia Winner's award-winning Social Thinking® methods into the program to give children the foundational Social Thinking® skills needed to thrive in their day to day life. Children are introduced to and learn about complex social concepts in a language they can understand (Social Thinking® Australia).


Concepts that may be introduced (dependent on the group-not all are covered):

  • Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings

  • The Group Plan

  • Thinking with Your Eyes

  • Body in the Group

  • Whole Body Listening

  • Hidden Rules and Expected and Unexpected Behaviors

  • Smart Guess

  • Flexible and Stuck Thinking

  • Size of the Problem

  • Sharing an Imagination


Social Thinking’s three-part process of Social Thinking®

  1. Social Thinking® is our meaning maker. We observe and listen to interpret the perspectives of others.

  2. When seeking to engage or simply share space with others, we use Social Thinking® to adapt our social behaviours (social skills) effectively as a means to meet our social goals.

  3. Our Social Thinking® and social skills directly impact how others feel about us. This impacts how we are treated, how we feel about others, and ultimately - how we feel about ourselves! 


(Source: Social Thinking Australia. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici)

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