Connection Matters

Connection matters is our training and program development arm, which combines our project development with training for the specific community.  Connection matters enables the COG Matters team to provide tailored training and professional development, in order to effectively execute the vision and strategy of an inclusive community project.  

 

Current Case
Developing an online community for increased inclusive knowledge and understanding about neurodiversity. This project partners with our colleagues in the Caribbean

Current Case
Professional Development training in conjunction with our partner Kids Included Together based in San Diego. The training is focussed on inclusion knowledge and skill development for teachers in the United States.

Previous Case
Our team has currently been located at Cedar International School in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The purpose was to develop a centre now named ‘The solution studio’. The project entailed training all staff to practise differentiated learning for inclusion and special needs support.

Upcoming
A volunteer training program has invited COG Matters to develop a long term learning development platform for special educators to volunteer in remote countries.

 

Social Problem Solving Matters

Social problem solving matters is the giving arm of COG Matters, which encompasses providing pro bono service for our community and industry.

 

Current Case
Emma is a blueVoice member contributing her time to run an online forum for discussion about national issues about mental health. She engages regularly with rural and remote areas to increase mental health support and services.

Previous Case
COG Matters Director, Emma Donaldson, was the Administration Co-Director of the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman. During her time of involvement, the charity grew in membership and increased support for individuals and families with special needs in the Cayman community.  Community meetings, parent support groups and member meetings were developed and continue to run.  A variety of special needs information and advocacy is provided by the charity for families with children aged 0-18.  

 

 

Writing Matters

COG Matters values the sharing of information and knowledge.  Our team provides expertise in article, journal, report writing and position papers as a part of the services offered to clients.  Contact our team today for your next writing needs in education, health, disability and business.  

 

Current Case
Emma is a member of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, representing blueVoices at beyondblue. In this role, she writes at a national level representing the voices of carers and consumers. 

Previous Case
A collaboration with Clever Girl Media saw the development and launch of online publication Sassy&Able. This collaboration became a forum to engage business minded people, and promote people doing unconventional business models with success. The publication profiled and commented on extraordinary and serendipitous business developments from around the globe.  

Previous Case
Young carer book, co-authored with Canadian Psychotherapist Kelly Bos.

Upcoming
Global education publication and profit for purpose project

 

Wellbeing Matters

Wellbeing matters is focussed on connecting our rural and remote communities in addressing health access and support means with particular focus on autism and mental health conditions.  Our areas of support and understanding comes with connecting services, stories, needs and the impact of distance on people with autism and mental health conditions, together with the support needed for families.

 

Current Case
Presentations have commenced in rural Victoria discussing the pressing support needs of individuals and their carers experiencing mental health conditions. This involves representing the voice of carers to health practitioners across Australia.

 

 

Cognitive Engagement Matters

An education consultancy for the intellectual, interest and motivational engagement needs of the individual child/youth as a means to synchronise social and emotional processing, self-regulation and academic skill development.  

 

Now
Services are offered to individuals and their families in all education settings for all age groups. We work in collaboration with varied health and education professionals to create more opportunities for the individual child/youth.

We offer an individual private consultancy and social skill development groups for learners with Autism. We also meet with families and offer education planning and advice.

Previous Case
The ‘Hub’ was an individualised school program using interest, project management skills and self regulation for a range of children experiencing challenges in their learning. The hub served the purpose of creating success platforms for the children to thrive and return to mainstream classrooms.

Our social skill groups ‘sociables’, ‘curious club’ and ‘pliese projects’ are all available. Contact us for an updated timetable and group prices.

 

Brain Food Matters

At COG Matters, we advocate for feeding the mind with super foods. Often asked if food makes a difference to how we interact and learn, experience in the field of neurodiversity points to the advantages of a clean body for a clear mind.

 

Current Case
We are pleased to promote the wondrous and delicious pistachio nut. Located at the foothills of the Pyrenees in North Central Victoria, the Green Nugget Estate pistachio haven produces organic and hand picked nuts. Used as a snack food or creative addition to a myriad of food delights, GNE produces A grade nuts available from small to bulk nut eating needs.

Movement Matters

Now
training for international dance teaching qualifications sees the opening our movement matters arm. Offering classes in latin dance as a means of connecting new neurodiversity pathways both literally and philosophically in the community will be commencing over the coming months.