Therapy with the NDIS for children and young adults
Growing up with a disability or raising a child with one can be a difficult situation. Luckily, Australia provides abundant programs and support schemes to help children, young adults, and their parents manage. The NDIS provides training programs for parents as well as additional support for children and young adults in out of home hair.
What type of support and training is available for children and their carers?
For the parents, NDIS provides disability specific support for parents due to the impact of the child, or parents disability. This support can range in type, and you can check out some of our other blog posts for further details about NDIS supports.
There are also disability specific training programs for parents and carers who either have a disability themselves or have a child with a disability.
Lastly there is also support for children, teenagers, and young adults in out of home care. this support includes home modifications, required equipment, metal therapies, behavioural support, and social and community integration to aid children to become more independent. To find out what you specifically qualify for, make sure to check with your NDIS plan.
What type of therapeutic aid is available to children and their carers?
Part of the NDIS scheme includes access to counselling sessions to help with behaviour management strategies, behaviour support, and social and community support. These counselling sessions can help provide strategies and tools to best help the child to become independent and integrated with the community. Carers and parents are welcome to counselling sessions to receive the support they need in navigating the difficulties that may arise. Depending on your plan, you may be eligible for different therapeutic plans. Check with your personal plan and local counsellor to find the best support sessions that can help you and your child.
What happens if a child enters out of home care?
If a child needs to enter out of home care, the state government still retains responsibility to protect the wellbeing of children. If this occurs the NDIS would overview the individual child’s plan to create changes to best support the needs and match caring arrangements. This responsibility includes arranging for out of home hair for the child if it is required and making other arrangements. This can include and not be limited to training of carers, payments for foster carers, supervised contact, and regular check-ups. The scheme is designed to support the child’s disability related needs. These include the equipment, modifications, the rapt support, and transport.
If you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact your NDIS scheme support manager or speak to a counsellor about the best support to provide for your child or teenager.