NDIS goal setting

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Let’s consider what makes a good NDIS goal. We’ve all heard the phrase “necessary and reasonable”, but let’s break it down further. A good NDIS goal is: outcome-focused; flexible; considers areas for improvement; allows for capacity building; and is personal to the child.

What to include in an NDIS goal…

Goals don’t have to be complicated but should include the following elements:

  1. Outcome Focused: Think about why your child may need particular support such as speech therapy or psychology. You may feel the answer is to be more confident with communicating or communicating appropriately. Suppose we are thinking in an outcome-focused way. In that case, a good NDIS goal becomes “to communicate more confidently” rather than focusing on the strategy to get there e.g. “attending speech therapy”.  The NDIS is interested in outcomes so it helps to be clear about the reasons why you want a particular therapy. 
  2. Flexibility: It is good to have specific goals once you attend your therapy sessions. However, during goal planning for your NDIS plan, it is better to have more broad goals as they are more flexible. A goal of improved communication allows access to various therapists such as speech therapist (e.g. for language), and a psychologist (e.g. for managing anxiety around speaking). This means you can allocate several supports to the one goal. 
  3. Areas for improvement: Think broadly here about the areas for support that will make a difference for your child. We might consider things such as; being independent with travel or improving our understanding of nutrition and exercise and how this impacts how we feel.
  4. Capacity building: The NDIA hopes to provide the required supports so that individuals can eventually become less reliant on other people. Capacity building is the part of our NDIS plan that sets out to make our children more independent and more involved in our community as a member of the community. A good goal for capacity building is “I would my child to gain more independence,” which could look like attending social activities, participating in sports, and independent community involvement. 
  5. Personal to the child: Let’s not lose sight of what’s important, your child! These goals might include travel and visits to family and friends who may not live nearby or sport and hobby goals. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to what you want to achieve. The key is, knowing what makes a good NDIS goal and being prepared for your review meeting.

 Still need help with your child’s NDIS goals?

Remember you don’t have to work this out all by yourself. Support coordination is there to help you identify your child’s needs and prepare for reviews. Give Miika a call on 0421 012 956 if you need help preparing for your next review meeting. 

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