NDIS Speech Therapy Sydney
All around Sydney, the NDIS has a large volume of service providers that can offer clients speech therapy. NDIS speech therapy Sydney services can be provided in centres or clinics where clients attend sessions, or the therapist can travel to see a person in the community. Mobile services can be delivered at the person’s home, school or place of employment.
How do I receive NDIS speech therapy funding?
For an application to become an NDIS participant to become successful, the Australian citizen or permanent resident must fit specific requirements. The most crucial requirement is that applicants must provide evidence of their permanent and serious disability or medical diagnosis (or multiple diagnoses). This involves providing the NDIS with doctor and/or specialist reports, assessments or letters, as well as assessments or reports from allied health clinicians (e.g. psychologists or occupational therapists). Moreover, as the NDIS is still being rolled out across the country, what you may be have access to may vary depending on where you live. Also, while the scheme is intended to provide participants with supports for life, an applicant must be under 65 years old when they apply for the program.
The level of supports and services a participant receives depends on the supports they are currently getting (including informal supports such as assistance from family or friends) and the impact their disability has on their daily life and self-sufficiency. To get NDIS funding for speech therapy, an individual must demonstrate deficits in communication skills or have diagnosed speech or language disorders.
What does an NDIS speech therapist do?
Speech therapy (also known as speech pathology) helps people who have complications in communication to communicate more effectively. Speech therapists work with people of all ages to improve deficits in language, speech, use of voice or fluency, or people who have problems with swallowing. They also commonly work with children to assist speech development and build strategies to aid non-verbal people to find other ways of communication.
Speech therapists frequently work with people who have intellectual disabilities or learning delays, learning deficits or difficulties, brain injury or stroke, dementia, cerebral palsy or auditory deficits.
How can an NDIS speech therapist help and what therapy methods do they use?
Speech therapy can diagnose and treat speech and communication disorders. NDIS speech therapists ensure to utilise current evidence-based practices to deliver assessments and interventions to help individuals with all types of communication difficulties.
They also make use of the latest in therapy equipment (e.g. computer hardware and software resources) when working with clients. Speech therapists work with people with a wide variety of communication deficits such as stuttering, phonology, dyspraxia, written language, attention, listening, literacy, social skills, and developing early language with young children. Moreover, NDIS speech therapists can also facilitate the transition into the school system for children to make this experience smoother.
Like other health clinicians, speech therapists develop specialised therapy goals and plans that are unique to the individual, and the therapy strategies used will depend on the person’s needs and current level of functioning. For instance, people with deficits in articulation, therapy often centres on increasing the strength and control of muscles in the mouth, throat and tongue, which often involves using objects (e.g. straws or paddle pop sticks). For children (particularly those with global delays), play-based therapies may be used. In clients with limited speech or who are non-verbal, speech therapists usually work towards finding other methods of communication, such as using customised charts, developing gestures or sign language, or using electronic resources (e.g. iPads) to facilitate communication.