Supporting children to live meaningful lives!
Who are we?
Mystarfish Support Services is a dynamic team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Allied Health Assistants.
We support children to enjoy more meaningful lives by working with them to develop the skills they need to be more independent with the everyday tasks and activities that matter most to them.
We work in partnership with the child and their family – assisting them to identify the strategies and skills that each child needs to be more independent, to be confident and to flourish.
We are a mobile service, providing capacity building supports in a child’s natural context.
How can we help?
Our team can assist your child to grow in the areas of:
Self Care and Life Skills
Fine and Gross Motor Skills for Function
Expressive and Receptive Language
Articulation and Speech
We can come to your child’s home, school, daycare, kindy and other community settings as needed.
The Starfish Story
ADAPTED FROM THE STAR THROWER, BY LOREN EISELEY
(1907 – 1977)
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work.
Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.
The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
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