NDIS funding and therapy choices

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When you receive your NDIS plan for your child, the next task is to work out how to allocate your funding. For young children, outside of physical supports, the most commonly sought therapies are:

  • Psychology:
  • Occupational Therapy;
  • Speech Pathology; and
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)

What will Psychology do for my child? 

When working with psychologists, your child can benefit from thriving, evidence-based interventions to improve their social and emotional development, behaviour and learning. Psychologists are able to work on aspects of development and mental health with children. They work in many different ways and interventions may include parent support and training.

How can Occupational Therapy help my child?  

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are interested in how children function from day to day. Typically they will focus on the skills needed at home and school with young ones. OTs can provide support with fine-motor skills such as handwriting, cutting and drawing skills. They can also support gross motor skills development (such as hand-eye coordination), mobility, and how to manage sensory needs for self-regulation.

Does my child need a Speech Pathologist? 

Speech pathologists help with expressive (talking) and receptive (understanding) language difficulties. They can also help with specific issues such as swallowing problems. Speech pathologists can help children who are still learning language, to use other systems of communication. Many speech pathologists also have a strong interest in supporting children with their literacy skills.

What is Applied Behavioural Analysis? 

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is an intensive therapy where direct skills are taught to children over numerous sessions during the week. Goals may include increasing the child’s verbal behaviours (e.g. asking for help), social and play skills, learning to listen to others and self-regulation strategies. Some ABA providers also offer parent training and behavioural consultation services.

Parents don’t have to choose one therapy. Often the trick is working out which therapies are needed and how to combine them. It’s all about getting the best out of your NDIS funding.

If you have questions on which therapies might be right for you or are interested in better understanding funding allocation, contact Kid Connect on 0421 012 956 to get started.

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