School Aged Disability Therapy

KIDS AGED 6 TO 18 YEARS

Our team works in partnership with you, your child, aged 6 to 18 years, and their teacher to support their development and academic progress.

GOAL SETTING

We will meet with you to talk about your goals for your child and what you would like them to be able to achieve, as well as what support you would like. Together, we will then plan how to achieve these goals.

MEET YOUR TEAM

Depending on the needs of your child, your dedicated team will be made up of:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Deafblind consultants
  • Therapy assistants
  • Other supports as required

OUR SCHOOL AGED DISABILITY SERVICES

We can help you and your child in a number of ways including:

  • Communication – to enable your child to communicate what they want or to help them to understand others better.
  • Specific skill development – for example walking, riding a bike, writing, using scissors, etc.
    Eating and drinking safely.
  • Hydrotherapy.
  • Accessing the school curriculum.
  • Equipment – that your child needs to be safe at home or in the community.
  • Safe use of equipment – enabling your child to use their equipment safely and helping others who support them to use it safely.
  • Using technology.
  • Exploring other sources of funding.
  • Participating in community activities, for example clubs/sporting groups.

SPECIFIC SKILLS

In addition to extensive knowledge and experience of supporting the development of school aged children with disability, some specific skills we have within our team include:

  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding – a trans-disciplinary program for children with feeding difficulties, based on the ‘normal’ developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding.
  • Bobath – a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment, working towards achieving optimal movement patterns with the ultimate goal of maximising a person’s function.
  • Hanen – parents learn practical and powerful strategies to communicate and interact with your child during everyday routines and activities.
  • Triple P Stepping Stones – positive parenting strategies to help families with special needs.
  • Home modifications.
  • Prescription of a range of equipment. – customised equipment to meet the needs of your child and your family.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – this includes high tech such as speech generating devices and low tech such as Key Word Signing and communication books.

WHAT DO OUR DISABILITY SERVICES FOR SCHOOL KIDS LOOK LIKE?

  • We can visit you at your home, school, out in the community or a place of recreation.
  • We can visit you at times that work for you and/or others who support you.
  • We can work with teachers and other professionals involved in your child’s life.
  • We can support you to use strategies to help your child’s learning within everyday tasks.
  • We can set up programs for you or someone else to accomplish with your child.
  • We facilitate a range of disability support groups – for example, communication through technology and Language Boosters.

HOW DO I ACCESS DISABILITY SERVICES FOR MY CHILD?

Access to our disability services for school kids can be through:

  • WA National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding
  • Disability Services Commission (DSC) funding
  • Paying a fee for the service.
  • Medicare rebate for Allied Health Services through referral from your GP
  • Better Start funding

If you are eligible for services from the Department of Communities (formerly known as the Disability Services Commission) and NOT in a NDIS area, then you may receive services from our block funded services. Click here to download the referral form. If you have any queries, please contact us on 1300 111 881.

WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION?

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