For many NDIS child and adolescent participants, accessing therapeutic and assistive technology devices matched to their individual needs can be life-changing. Our NDIS-registered occupational therapists are versed in the vast array of available devices as well as frameworks and funding provisions and can help to facilitate affordable access to the support young clients need to realise their best quality of life and function. For some clients, this may mean a mobility aid such as a motorised wheelchair, which enables them to attend school and execute daily tasks independently. For others, it may mean speech and communication aids that enable a young client to successfully interact with peers and the world around them.
An NDIS-registered Soaring Health occupational therapist can simplify the process of selecting therapeutic and assistive technology items that most efficiently and effectively achieve specific functional goals. They can also assist with organising installation, fitting and adjustment and provide training to young clients and their parents/carers.
Children’s assistive devices
Children with developmental delays or other physical or mental limitations may be able to obtain modified or specialised play equipment that enables their growth and full participation in an enriching, balanced life. As well as recommending specific items, a Soaring Health occupational therapist may assist with funding applications and education in the safe, optimal use of new equipment.
Types of assistive technology and therapeutic support products
Assistive technology and support products range from consumable items such as continence, hygiene and enteral feeding products to mobility aids, assistive furniture and complex home modifications. Broadly, they are classified according to complexity, with simple devices such as elbow crutches specified as level 1 and complex home modifications including interior redesign, level 4. Eligibility for funding is determined based on assessment by an approved occupational therapist. A Soaring Health occupational therapist can help to determine the most appropriate aids and, if necessary, facilitate relevant applications, delivery or instalment and training in safe, effective use.
Complex home modifications
Home modification is the implementation of design and construction modifications to reduce the impact of disability, optimise independent function and create a safe environment for both a young person and their family members and/or carers. Home modifications are classified according to the NDIS assistive technology complexity level table. A suitably qualified occupational therapist will need to certify the effectiveness of proposed modifications to meet the needs of each NDIS child or adolescent participant.
Specialised furniture can significantly improve mobility, comfort and an individual’s capacity to execute daily tasks independently. The array of assistive furniture spans items that enable modified activities such as dining, specialised beds and bedding and specialised ‘regular’ furniture such as recliners, lift chairs, hip chairs and moulded seating.
Mobility aids can both enable independent execution of daily tasks in and outside the home, and improve safety by compensating for issues such as poor balance. Items in this category range from simple, manual aids such as elbow crutches to sophisticated power wheelchairs and electric scooters. Certain home modifications such as ramps may also be classified as mobility aids.
Consumable assistive products can significantly increase young clients’ confidence to participate in activities outside the home. The effects of issues such as incontinence, personal hygiene challenges and feeding difficulties can all be managed and minimised with the use of products such as incontinence products, hygiene products and home enteral nutrition products.
Accessing support products
Accessing products and technology to assist with injuries can be complicated. Soaring Health simplifies the process by assessing children and adolescents for aids that support immediate functional improvements and optimal long-term function. A Soaring Health occupational therapist has specialist knowledge of available aids and funding provisions related to specific conditions and can assist with any required funding applications. In the case of smaller aids such as orthopaedic braces, joint supports and medical aids that may be recommended by one of our health specialists,we stock a wide range of devices. If we don’t have what you need, we can order it to arrive within 48 hours.
Who can benefit from therapeutic and assistive technologies?
- Children and adolescents experiencing effects of moderate or severe disability
- Children and adolescents adjusting to physical limitations after severe accident/injury
- Children and adolescents undergoing rehabilitation programs
Related services provided by a Soaring Health NDIS-registered O.T.
- Home-based assessment and report on aids most likely to enable independent function across identified domains (e.g. showering, writing/communicating, participating in leisure activities)
- Assistance with funding application forms
- Taking care of installation requirements and ensuring devices and properly fitted and appropriate
- Training young participants and their parents/carers/teachers in proper, safe, effective use of new devices