The Astronaut Program

A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol

The vestibular system is like the “compass” of our brain. It is a uniquely designed structure located in the middle ear that detects movement, and gives us an understanding of where our head and body are in space. The Occupational Therapists at Grace Children’s Therapy in Castle Hill have been utilising the Astronaut Program to treat children with vestibular processing difficulties. This protocol is used within our one-on-one therapy sessions in alignment with the goals, therapy plans and outcomes from occupational therapy assessments.

Children with vestibular processing difficulties have poor motor coordination skills, may be fearful of movement, awkward, clumsy, fall and bump into things. These children may have poor balance. They may appear to be “squirmy”, “fidgety”, or be described as the child who “doesn’t stop moving”. Children with vestibular processing dysfunction may appear to be “lost in space”.

Vestibular deficits are often found in children with delayed motor development, perceptual or attention deficits, learning disabilities, emotional problems, language disorders and autism.

Our vestibular system helps us understand the position of our head and body in relation to gravity. It tells us which way is up and where we are moving to. It helps us with balance, spatial orientation, and maintaining a stable visual image – even when we are moving.

Without our eyes working properly in conjunction with our vestibular system, visual information is not interpreted properly. This makes it difficult to read, write, throw and catch a ball, and participate in many activities that are so vital to proper childhood development.

The Astronaut Program treats vestibular dysfunction in children by using a combination of movement, sight and sound activities that are fun and appealing to children. The therapists at Grace Occupational Therapy have been trained in the Astronaut Program, and incorporate Astronaut principles into therapy to aid in improving movement, attention, concentration, balance and focus. The Astronaut Program is suitable for helping children of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential.

Getting Started is Easy


Free 20 Min Chat

Contact our team to discuss your child’s individual needs and to enquire about our services.

Book Appointment

Our intake team are ready to answer your questions and book your assessment. They’ll provide you with all information to make the process easy.

1st Session!

Your therapist will assist in identifying areas they can help your child and will focus on fostering a fun and engaging session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we registered with NDIS?

Grace Children’s Therapy have been registered providers since its inception in the Sydney region and approved as Registered Providers under the following registration groups.

  • Early childhood
  • Community Participation
  • Exercise Physiology & Personal Training
  • Therapeutic Supports

Do we offer community and home visits?

Yes, Grace Children’s Therapy extends its services across various settings, including preschools, schools, homes, and the local community. Additionally, we operate a dedicated Community Action Program, which focuses on conducting community-based visits to assist young children and teenagers in achieving their goals within home or community environments.

Do you offer Telehealth Services?

Yes, we do offer Telehealth Services. Our Telehealth platforms enables us to provide online occupational therapy and feeding therapy sessions, ensuring continued support and care for our clients remotely or during times where you may not be able to attend your session in the centre. This option allows for flexibility and accessibility to services ensuring that our services are accessible to individuals in various locations and may live remotely.

Are we open during school holidays?

Yes, it’s business as usual at Grace Children’s Therapy. All therapy sessions continue through the school holidays with the exception of our Christmas and New Year shutdown period which is normally communicated well ahead of time.