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Published On: Mon, Feb 26th, 2018

Services Available for Children with a Disability

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has made it easier and more accessible for parents with children who have a disability to locate and utilise services.

The NDIS is aimed at improving control and access to make it easier for parents and children to live their lives. Every family who has a child with a disability should have an NDIS plan in place to help them with the care and development of their child.

In accordance with the NDIS there are a number of services that are available, through various organisations, for children that are part of the NDIS plan.

Specialist Support

Specialist support services are aimed at helping people to achieve all of their desired goals through reaching their potential. They are a one on one service that provide a holistic approach to life and involve therapies that are proven to benefit people with disabilities.

There are a number of specific services that many disability organisation scan help clients with including;

  • Counselling, behavioural support, psychology
  • Communication and speech therapy
  • Helping with communicational devices an hearing

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Personal Care

Some parents may need help with simple day to day tasks for their child if they have a disability. This is nothing out of the ordinary as caring for a disabled child can be challenging and knowing exactly how to go about it is difficult.

Many organisations provide staff who specialise in disability care and are able to help with hygiene, eating and getting dressed. They are essentially there to help with day to day tasks to make it easier for you and your child.

They can even help with some additional tasks such as; weight management and the importance of regular exercise, doctors’ appointments and the use of aids and appliances.

Management

Because of the structure of the NDIS, it is required that those who are taking advantage of the scheme implement an NDIS plan. This plan involves setting goals and support targets to help improve the individual wellbeing of the disabled.

There are a number of key elements that should be covered when looking at devising a plan:

  • Goal setting and pre-planning
  • Claiming from the NDIA for the necessary services
  • Assistance in increasing skills across the specified activities
  • Organising and provision of support and the development in these areas to up-skill

The management process is designed to aid the client in developing skills so that they can look after themselves in as many areas as possible whilst continuing to develop and learn new skills.

Learning New Skills

This is one of the key goals of the insurance scheme and should be a key outcome, for those able to, on the NDIS plan of any individual. There are a wide range of new skills that can be taught through various activities.

According to Transforming The Nation, many organisations run specific classes for learning these activities that engages the client as well as helping them through the process so that they can get the most out of it. Many of these activites also help participants to make new friend so they are able to develop social skills as well as their physical skills.

Some of the activities recommended include;

  • Cooking classes
  • Drama
  • Swimming
  • Learning various computer skills such as typing and basic internet searches
  • Art classes
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Learning how to travel for future public transport needs
  • Budgeting and how to handle money

 

Encouraging someone with a disability to learn new skills is a great way to have them included in society. They are also likely to enjoy themselves and if they can make a few friends in the process then it becomes even more beneficial.

Author: Colin Steinway

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