The Writings on the Wall
Are you worried about your child’s writing?
The small group environment under the guidance of an experienced Speech Pathologist may be just what they need.
You put 5 children in a room together who have never met before, for an hour every day for a week. They come from different schools and backgrounds, are different ages and are so diverse in personality. So, what makes this work? They are all in the same place with their writing skills. They lack writing confidence and are losing faith in their capacity to learn. And that’s where the magic begins. For the first time in a long time they feel like they fit. They are not alone and they are in a safe space where they can experience and share their success.
The primary goal of the Speech to Writing intensive groups is to break writing down into small achievable tasks and then rebuild it into functional and fluent written expression. But what comes out of each group is much more special than that. The young people come out of the week intensive with an understanding of their learning styles. Rather than hearing about what doesn’t work, they learn what does work, and how they can use that to continue their growth and development in the classroom. In a relaxed and supportive environment, these young people are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them.
Bellfield Speech Pathology answers your questions about the NDIS
What is the NDIS?
NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is designed to provide more support and choices for people with disabilities. In the past, services for people with disabilities were funded by organisations receiving money directly from the government then offering their services directly to the clients free of charge or at a discounted rate. In contrast, the NDIS allocates money directly to the person with a disability and allows them to choose their service providers. This opens up far more opportunities for the service user and service providers alike, placing the power of choice in the hands of the service user.
Who is eligible for NDIS?
The NDIS is open to a wide variety of people. There are two main categories: early intervention and people with disabilities. A child may be eligible for funding under the early intervention category if they have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and will substantially reduce their abilities to function either now or into the future. A person with a disability may be eligible for funding if they have an impairment or condition that is permanent and ongoing which substantially reduces their ability to independently participate effectively in a variety of activities.
What can NDIS be used for?
When you become an NDIS participant, you create a plan of how you want the NDIS to support you and what your goals and aspirations are for your future. You can plan for a range of different types of support including informal support from friends and family, community support from people and groups in your area, mainstream supports from people such as doctors or teachers, and funded supports for specialised services such as speech pathology services. They key areas the NDIS focuses on are Early intervention, Assistive technology, Auslan (Australian Sign Language), Housing, Information and referral, Support to access community services and activities, and Funded supports. These cover an extremely wide range of services and supports available to participants.
Who can I contact for assistance?
The NDIS has an excellent website with a large amount of information on it for participants, families, and prospective service providers. They also have a hotline for those who would prefer to ask their questions over the phone.
We are also happy to speak to NDIS participants and prospective participants about their speech pathology needs and how the Bellfield team can be of assistance.
National Disability Insurance Scheme – Web: www.ndis.gov.au – Phone: 1800 800 110
Bellfield Speech Pathology – Web: www.bellfieldsp.com.au – Phone: 5622 1055