C.H.E.F.S Group Therapy Program

This exciting new program is all about functional life skills, positive well-being, building independence and building social connections.

Our C.H.E.F.S acronym clearly describes the main clinical learning outcomes we aim to support your child to achieve within this program:

Community access - Effectively managing and handling small amounts of money, prioritising and organising ADL (activities of daily living) tasks through effective time management skills and navigating the community with use of appropriate personal and road safety rules.

Home-related activities of daily living independence and increased self-efficacy in ADL tasks.

Executive functioning e.g. sequencing, planning and executing ADL tasks.

Fine motor skills - Building hand skills such as bilateral coordination, in-hand manipulation, grasp patterns, fine motor control and coordination, when preparing and cooking a range of simple, yet functional recipes.

Social Interactions - Developing social interaction and communication skills to work together in planning, sequencing and executing tasks involved in home-related ADL’s such as shopping, cooking and cleaning.


Age 8-11 - Week 1

Wednesday the 10th, Thursday the 11th, Friday the 12th of July 2024

1:30pm - 3:30pm each day

(2 hours x 3 days - 6 hour program)

Age 8-11 - Week 2

Monday the 15th, Tuesday the 16th & Wednesday the 17th of July 2024

9:00am - 11:00am each day

(2 hours x 3 days - 6 hour program)


Therapy goals

  • Fine motor skill building
  • Kitchen safety and basic first aid
  • Recipe research and decision making
  • Planning for shopping trips and shopping for ingredients
  • Money handling and budgeting
  • Basics of cooking terminology
  • Confidence in social communication
  • Negotiating and resolving conflict
  • Building friendships and teamwork

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where is the group held?
Group program sessions are held at our clinic in Lane Cove. We have purpose-built therapy kitchen. Families are encouraged to wait outside the clinic approximately 5 minutes prior to the start of the session. The therapists facilitating the group will meet children there, and accompany them to the kitchen. The address of the clinic is: Ground Floor, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove, 2066, NSW.
2What happens if I miss one of the sessions?
All group programs are designed so that a session can be missed without hindering future sessions. However, if you are unable to attend, we do appreciate 24 hours notice so that the facilitator can plan accordingly. Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund for missed group sessions.
3How do I pay?
All group sessions are paid for in advance. Our front desk team will provide you details on how to pay to secure your spot.
4What qualifications do the staff have?
All group programs are designed and led by certified Occupational Therapists. Allied Health Assistants are often on hand to assist also in the groups.
5Do I need to bring any food?
No. We supply all of the food required for the therapy program.
6What do I need to bring?
No need to bring anything!