CPEC is the only specialised centre of its kind in Australia. We support children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions. Our unique programs and services are literally ‘Learning for Life’.
Children and their families learn skills and strategies that they can incorporate into all aspects of their daily lives.
This helps every child feel valued, become more involved in their community, and improves their future employment and independent living opportunities.
The value of these skills cannot be underestimated.
For service enquiries, or to tour CPEC, please call Gaynor O’Donnell, our Intake Coordinator, on (03) 9560 0700. (Mondays & Thursdays only)
CPEC has an excellent reputation across many areas:
Our highly skilled and professional staff are experts in supporting children with cerebral palsy. We have senior therapists to recent graduates who are intensively trained and mentored, to ensure we can continue to support children well into the future.
Many of our therapists have not only developed and presented innovative education and training programs, but are often requested as guest lecturers at universities and are keynote speakers at conferences and workshops around Australia and internationally.
We offer families access to multidisciplinary teams of speech pathologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists who work to support their children. Having teams of different specialists working closely together means that they can ensure all aspects of each child’s development and learning is fully supported and monitored.
Children are taught to be actively involved in their learning and therapy, and emphasis is placed on developing their self-esteem so that they learn that they have real potential, are valued, and can be positive contributors to society.
We consider every child’s right to communicate essential. We ensure each child learns the best way to express themselves and their needs. Our speech pathologists are highly skilled in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, which are either high tech (eg, electronic speech generating devices) or light tech (eg, personalised communication books).
CPEC is part of an extensive AAC community where all ways to communicate are taught, used, validated and respected. One of our senior Speech Pathologists, Gayle Porter, developed the PODD communication resource that is currently being used both nationally and internationally.
CPEC prepares children to begin their school life, and we offer ongoing support to them once they do. CPEC’s work in mainstream schools is pioneering because in almost all instances, children with cerebral palsy would often only have the option to attend special schools. Most young children who attend CPEC transition into mainstream schools.
Mainstream schools give children the opportunity to learn and participate alongside peers without disabilities which helps with their inclusion and has a positive effect on community attitudes. We also offer school staff direct ongoing support to ensure they can confidently adapt to their students’ needs.
We have an extensive equipment library that families can use to trial equipment or borrow items until they can source their own. This helps families financially as they don’t have to risk purchasing an expensive item before knowing whether it is suitable for their child.
We are also supported by local volunteers who construct practical and specialised wooden equipment according to specifications supplied to them by our therapists, and every piece can be individualised to a child’s needs.
We are very excited to be able to trial new cutting edge technologies with our families. We source funding to purchase important but expensive equipment and technology so that families can have the opportunity to trial items for individual suitability before committing to their own purchases.
We give ongoing support to families with their applications for funding to buy equipment, or purchase supports for kindergarten and schools. We assist families to seek new funding streams to reduce their out of pocket costs.
We take a proactive approach to supporting families. We actively represent their needs at government and early childhood forums, we lobby local politicians, and we provide feedback to reform documents, new initiatives, surveys and inquiries.
CPEC also provides supports to parents who would like to present at local and national conferences so that their voices can be heard.