The ability to speak and understand speech and language are extremely important life skills, they are the keys to independence as they provide people with the ability to communicate, understand, and learn new things. Children and adults who struggle with speech and language can find daily tasks a struggle and will find that their ability to be independent and reach their potential is limited. For people living with a disability that affects their communication, having a good NDIS speech pathology expert can offer an opportunity to significantly improve the quality of life. So, how exactly does it help and how can people access it?
About NDIS speech therapy
NDIS speech therapy tackles the process of helping people to speak and use language effectively and helps them with tools to communicate. Speech focuses on how we form words, whilst language focuses more on the actual words we use to get our point across. Improving speaking and language skills can give people much more freedom and can help to improve quality of life by helping people to feel understood. Communication is the cornerstone of society and can help people to form meaningful relationships, hold a job or perform daily tasks by themselves.
NDIS speech therapy involves a certified speech pathologist working with people to help them improve their speaking, communication, listening, comprehension and social skills. They will often help with modifications to improve communication for those living with a disability.
What can be funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme aims to help people reach their goals and improve their lives, so if you would like to have NDIS speech therapy funded then you should set goals around improving your communication. Some of the things that funding may cover could be assessments, development, specialised aids and therapy to improve speaking or non-verbal communication skills. It may also cover assistive technologies and aids which can help people to better communicate. These aids could be as simple as flipbooks and flashcards or more advanced like software, apps and speech generating machines. The scheme only funds things that are seen as reasonable so they must be related to your disability and likely to be effective in improving your quality of life.
If you have a child that suffers from problems with speech and language than NDIS speech therapy may be available through the early childhood intervention program. If you are worried about your child or noticing signs then you should get in touch with an early childhood program runner to find out if your child qualifies. The assessment will taking into consideration milestones and where your child is generally expected to be at the age their at. They will also look at whether or not their disability is having a big daily impact on your child’s quality of life.
Here are a few scenarios to consider:
A teacher might notice that your child’s speech is not developing at the same pace as other children of the same age and may recommend that the parents get the child check out. The parents may take the child to an early childhood partner who will assess the child’s behaviours, skills and development. If the early childhood partner finds that the child is developing appropriately for their age then they will be determined to not be eligible for NDIS speech therapy and instead will receive extra support through community facilities. Alternatively, if the child is found to be eligible for the program, the early childhood partner will work with the parents and child to formulate a plan and help them gain access to services.