NDIS Occupational Therapy Sydney
With the recently implemented National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Australians and their carers with a permanent and significant medical diagnosis or disability can receive occupational therapy interventions across Sydney.
How do I become part of the NDIS?
The official NDIS website outlines the major components of the scheme and how to arrange an assessment to determine if you or your family member is eligible to become a participant. In general, the process involves NDIS assessors visiting your home and speaking with you about your disability, current supports you are receiving (including informal supports), how it may restrict you from performing your daily activities, your needs and how the NDIS can help you to fulfill your goals. You will also need to present evidence of your medical condition, usually in the form of doctor letters, assessments or reports, as well as accompanying reports from other health practitioners. The amount of funding a person receives depends on the severity of how their disability affects their functioning and independence.
What is NDIS occupational therapy in Sydney?
Occupational therapy is a popular mode of therapy used by people with various medical conditions to assist recuperation from any mental or physical illness or disorder. Under the NDIS, participants with appropriate funding can access occupational therapy services in several areas around Sydney. Services can range from locations at clinics or centres, or can be mobile where the therapist attends the client’s home, school or workplace.
How can NDIS occupational therapy help me?
At its core, the course of occupational therapy is to assist people to perform tasks and activities that they want (or are expected to) do in their lives. Occupational therapy promotes a person’s independence and skills in all breadths of life. To achieve these goals, occupational therapists often either develops the person’s skillset, or modifies the person’s environment to mitigate some of the difficulties or barriers to them becoming more self-resilient. People of all ages and a plethora of medical conditions can utilise occupational therapy such as diagnoses of autism, intellectual impairment, developmental delay, learning disability, stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, physical injuries, amputations, mental health disorders and sensory processing deficits.
Occupational therapy can help individuals improve their functioning in all areas and stages of life. For instance, children may benefit from therapy to improve fine and gross motor skills, social skills, self-care activities, and attention in school. Adolescents may engage in occupational therapy to enhance executive functioning abilities (e.g. concentration, planning and time management), travel training, and help with transitioning into the workforce. People who have suffered conditions such as stroke, brain injury, amputations or other physical impairments may need an occupational therapy assessment to determine what home modifications or other equipment they need (e.g. wheelchairs, walking aids, ramps or rails). Certain occupational therapists are also qualified to assess if a person with a medical condition or disability can safely drive.
Like most other therapeutic interventions, the primary step of occupational therapy usually involves gaining a thorough background of the person’s medical and personal history, and specific needs for therapy. Depending on the client’s age, the occupational therapist will then formulate unique goals and a plan to teach the individual strategies to bolster their independence. Occupational therapists use standardised assessments to identify a person’s current level of functioning, and utilise evidenced-based practices and strategies to strengthen their skills.
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