NDIS Child Therapist
The NDIS can help children and adolescents with disabilities, developmental delays or other medical conditions that seriously disturb their daily lives and functioning. The NDIS provides supports and services to participants so that they can:
- achieve their personal goals
- live as independently as possible, and
- partake in their community as they desire
Types of Child Therapy Under the NDIS
As the NDIS continues to be formalised around the country, the number of service providers is growing speedily, and there are various types of child therapy that participants can access. Below will discuss common services of psychology, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Occupational therapy: Occupational therapists work with children to increase their overall independence. This commonly includes building the child’s skillset in various areas such as self-care, meal preparation, budgeting and money management, using public transport, attention and concentration, or employment support. Child occupational therapists can also frequently help children improve fine and gross motor skills (e.g. improve handwriting), and sensory modulation issues to better engage and tolerate their physical environment. The child’s parents or carers are also usually involved in therapy to actualize skills learned in therapy into their everyday life from home and family life, to their recreational and school experience.
Speech therapy: Speech therapists help children develop communication skills and use of language. Child therapists work with children with a wide range of medical conditions or communication deficits. They help them to improve in areas such as using voice, difficulties with fluency and intelligibility of speech, forming sentences, and understanding not only the use of language, but its context. Speech therapy also advance’s children’s interpersonal skills by improving their understanding of non-verbal communication such as facial expressions, gestures and body language. NDIS participants with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities or other speech or communication disorders, or autism.