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#1 Elfie34

Posted 26 October 2019 - 02:33 PM

Has anyone got ndis funding for a support worker for their ASD child? My son is 8yo and just wondering if I should request this in his upcoming ndis review and what I would use it for?

Or respite or any other help getting him to therapy appointments etc?

Thanks all

#2 Kiraffe

Posted 26 October 2019 - 06:11 PM

Yes for ASD teenager. It is an outing without family, to a market, coffee shop, beach etc. We have two hours a week during term time.

#3 José

Posted 26 October 2019 - 06:14 PM

from what i hear this is hard to get and NDIS say things like most 8 year olds would need help getting to appointments.
if you were going to try id think you need to talk about increasing independence in the community or something like that.

#4 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 26 October 2019 - 06:48 PM

Do you mean a Therapy assistant? My Therapy provider is offering a Therapy Assistant service funded by people's NDIS that can do-

"( in home) They will be able to support fine and gross motor skill development, sensory regulation and integration, behavioural management strategies, self-care training (toilet training, dressing and cooking where appropriate), play skill progression and any other therapeutic goals that you have in mind".

#5 blimkybill

Posted 26 October 2019 - 08:27 PM

Quite a lot of children do get funding for a support worker to help them access the community in a way which their family would find hard to provide. This is not the same as therapy assistance. It is really hard to get for the 7 and unders, but becomes a bit easier the older they get. But you need to have a good rationale.

It could be:
- he is overly dependent on you, for his age, and would benefit from learning to do things with someone different
- you can't manage your work life or caring for your other children properly as well as meet his needs, including needs to get to therapy or to meaningful activities in the community
- he can't manage mainstream after school or holidays care and you need to work
- he wants to join a mainstream community activity but he needs full support/supervision to participate but you can't manage that.
It would be helpful to have a goal in mind where a support worker would be better able to meet that goal than you. And best to frame more around his needs than your need for a break. And emphasis what he needs extra help with that a typical 8 y.o. wouldn't need help with. It can be hit and miss though. Some get the funds and some don't and it can be really hard to see why. It can feel like a gambling exercise.

#6 Elfie34

Posted 27 October 2019 - 08:57 PM

Thanks guys. I find the ndis hit and miss anyway but was just wondering if there was some stuff I hadn’t even thought of. I might look into some of these ideas thanks

#7 CrankyM

Posted 28 October 2019 - 01:37 AM

Pretty much exactly the same as kiraffe

It’s 2 hours week during term time. It’s used as “accessing the community” and is basically served under a goal of supervised social activities and learning some basic independence skills (they visit the shops, go to a cafe and order food, kick a ball around the oval, have attended LEGO club at the library, visited the post office etc.)

My kid loves is and we use it as an alternative to after school care on the 1 day a week I work all day. It used to be another day but there was a traumatic incident where he was targeted by another kid and he refuses to attend after school care if there is the possibility this kid is there.

#8 LionessMum

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:49 PM

We were lucky enough to get some funding for a support worker for my 8 year old, when I explained that I can't send him to the school holiday program but I have a job and can't always take time off to be with him.

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