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Sense Rugby

Sense Rugby is a free rugby-based occupational therapy program designed to help kids who usually find it difficult to be part of a sports team.

Founded in 2015 by Occupational Therapist, Carlien Parahi and Australia’s Rugby Sevens Olympian Jesse Parahi, Sense Rugby gives kids a safe environment where experienced occupational therapists work with trained rugby players to help kids achieve success.

Our occupational therapists uniquely deliver this program to Dubbo.


How does Sense Rugby work?

Occupational therapists work with young people with disability or developmental delays or disorders, to support them to be part of a team. Most of the kids we work with live with some of the following developmental delays and conditions:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD

  • Down syndrome
  • Dyspraxia

  • Sensory processing difficulties

  • Emotional regulation difficulties

  • Behavioural difficulties

  • Gross motor delays

  • Fine motor delays

  • Learning difficulties

  • Resistance, avoidance or an issue with confidence when it comes to sport

  • Differences in social skills

Sense Rugby uses modified rugby drills to help kids:

  • Process sensory information

  • Focus on activities

  • Work on their coordination

  • Manage their emotions

  • Have fun and make friends


How do I join Sense Rugby?

Sense Rugby is delivered during the school term and consists of ten, one-hour sessions over ten weeks.

If you’d like to register to join the program for the upcoming term, contact Mandy Colless via the details below.


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This service is supported by funding through Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

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