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'What is Connecting Together and How did it come to be?'

Connecting Together is a relatively new Community Service/Private Practice providing care, intervention, therapy and guidance to children and families.

Connecting Together came to be through understanding gaps which currently exist in our health care system.

My name is Melissa Walker-Tate, I am a Registered Occupational Therapist who has vast experience working with children in mental health and disabilities.

This is my first time writing a blog post, so please feel free to leave me some feedback and comments.

  • Through my experience working in the health care system it is clear there are services and programs our children need for their development and transition into primary school, that is not currently being offered in the Franklin Community.

  • In learning how much our community is growing this is important to consider for our growing children.

  • Therefore with my experience and also my empathy to help others; I hope to offer this and help families at an affordable cost.

  • Firstly, I hope to successfully provide social skills for children.

  • Secondly, I hope to provide therapy working on goals for children and families struggling with day to day needs in our community. Therapy includes fine motor (hand skills and strength), sensory processing, gross motor skills (coordination), and self-care skills (daily living/routine needs).

  • I feel most confident and competent working with children who may be experiencing emotional, behavioural, sensory, social and attentional challenges in their daily lives.

  • I have a large interest and experience in Sensory Processing (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

  • I have been fortunate enough to attend a range of training`s in my line of work, including the Dr Tony Attwood trainings on Understanding Autism, basic sign language, Sue Larkeys Workshops, Positive Behavioural Therapy Training and much much more.

Please contact me on, leave a message if you feel your family or child could benefit from this service, any questions or enquiries you may have, and lastly a contact number I can access you easily on; that way I can get in touch and let you know of upcoming events, group therapies and child therapy package deals.  

Poroporoaki hoki inaianei,

Melissa Walker-Tate (Occupational Therapist).

Connecting Together Ltd.

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