How to Plan Your Child’s Disability Support Services?February 15, 2022
What should you do to prepare for your child’s disability support services?
It can be difficult and stressful to find the best care and support for your child to learn, grow, and succeed. An important first step is knowing what services are available, how to access them, and how the NDIS can assist.
When it comes to determining the best disability support services for your child, several options are to consider. These services can help your child and family by providing specialised support and resources to help them achieve their full potential.
If your child is between the ages of 0 and 6, one of the best options you have as a parent is to consider Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). ECEI can involve therapies to help your child improve their motor, social, communication, and behavioural abilities, reducing the effect of their disability and the need for ongoing assistance.
Other possibilities include contacting your General Practitioner (GP) or a health professional who may be able to recommend you to a disability service provider or conducting your own search for local providers.
Providers of services may be able to assist with:
Development of life skills (training to use public transportation and general mobility, daily living skills, self-esteem, home and community safety, and Assistive Technology).
Multidisciplinary services (speech and language pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, behaviour intervention and support, social work, and psychology).
Daily living support (personal care, in-home assistance, social and communication support to help your child undertake daily living activities).
Community access support (group and one-on-one social support, companionship, and recreational activities) builds social independence).
Case management (liaison with support providers, coordination of service delivery, and skill-building to help you and your child exercise choice, create a stable home environment, and live as independently as possible).
Equipment and goods (medical aids and equipment to help increase mobility, communication, independence in personal and health care).
Respite services (in-home, host family, center-based, and vacation care).
If your child is old enough, discuss the various care options with them and work together to determine the best option for them. This can help your child gain confidence and the ability to make critical future decisions.
If your child needs long-term assistance, they can apply for the NDIS when they are seven. You must meet the NDIS eligibility criteria for your child to be eligible for the NDIS. The NDIS will contact you to organise a Planning Meeting if they are eligible. This meeting allows you and your child to talk about their support requirements and, most importantly, their goals.
Goals are important to the NDIA. As a result, it’s a good idea to chat with your child about their short, medium, and long-term goals, as well as the steps necessary to reach them, before their planning meeting.
That way, during your Planning Meeting, you, your child, and the NDIA Planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will have a clear understanding of your goals and support needs, and your child will be more likely to obtain an NDIS Plan that meets their funding requirements.
While having clear goals in mind is critical, having reports and papers describing your child’s disability support needs to support the goals they want to reach is also critical. These reports can be obtained from your child’s current Service Providers.
Another option is to complete a Functional Assessment before the Planning Meeting or request funding for a Functional Assessment to be completed after the Planning Meeting to be included in your child’s NDIS Plan.
You and your child will have more choice and influence over how NDIS Plan funding is used and how disability services are planned and coordinated under the NDIS. To ensure that you choose the disability services that are best for you, your kid, and your family, you’ll need to think about what’s important to you.
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