NDIS Therapy for Teenagers
As participants of the NDIS can benefit from the scheme for the rest of their lives, teenagers with a serious medical disorder or disability can access specialised services to help them fulfil their personal objectives. The adolescent years is a time of immense change and development, as teenagers are evolving into adulthood. This often carries with it significant pressures, and NDIS therapy can assist teenagers to develop independence and resilience, as well as engage with others and the wider community as they please.
Adolescents who are participants of the NDIS can take advantage of the wide spectrum of services that can deliver therapies specific to the needs of this age group. People with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions can be engaged with the NDIS, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD intellectual disability or developmental delay, cerebral palsy, brain injury, mental health illnesses, vision or hearing impairments and physical disabilities.
Additionally, teenagers frequently deal with stressors and pressures including strain from school, bullying and other relationship issues, domestic violence, parental breakup or family separation, poverty, re-location or displacement, gender identification issues, substance abuse or other addictive behaviours, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy and mental health conditions. NDIS therapy for teenagers involves therapists to have keen knowledge and experience of working with individuals with distinct needs and vulnerabilities due to their developmental stage.
The first step of any treatment or intervention is often comprised of gathering information about the person’s medical history and personal information including their developmental progress, network of supports, current level of functioning and primary areas of deficit or challenges to be addressed. Once the therapist has a keen understanding of the teenager’s current situation, a therapeutic plan is promoted to address their individual needs and goals.
Does my teen need an NDIS therapist?
Some people may be hesitant or worried to seek the professional help of a therapist, as they may be concerned about how their friends or family might perceive this. It is important to point out that there is nothing to be ashamed about for seeing a therapist; just as we see a Doctor or other health professional for a physical ailment, it is common for people to pursue the guidance of professional to assist them with psychological issues or difficulties with coping with stress. If you feel that your adolescent is struggling with an issue or coping with thoughts, feelings or behaviours, it may be useful to refer them to an NDIS therapist for some support. An NDIS therapist can be there for your child as an impartial person for support, particularly if there are issues they do not want to talk to their friends or family about. A therapist also enables your child to get an outside adult’s perspective and can help them to better understand themselves.
What exactly happens in therapy?
Depending on the client’s medical condition and their current needs, the NDIS therapist will adopt a variety of therapies to help the adolescent work through their issues. The types of therapy available include counselling, cognitive therapies, behavioural therapies, or psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies. Usually, therapy sessions are one-on-one, however can be in groups or with the family unit. Therapy regularly contains counselling and cognitive behavioural therapies that aim to assist people to better understand what influences their behaviour, by improving their discernment of their thoughts and emotions, with the objective to change attitudes or behaviours that are not useful or favourable. It is crucial to note that therapists are not intended take over their client’s situation; instead their role is to support the individual to form their own opinions and resolutions about how to manage their situation.