The NDIS provides support and funding for people with disability in Australia, including children of all ages. Here are some ways in which the NDIS helps children with disability, and supports their families:
Individualised support – the NDIS provides a tailored support plan for each child. This plan is created with the child and their family, outlining the support and services they need to achieve their goals. This ensures that any services they receive make a genuine difference to their life.
Early Intervention Support – the NDIS provides funding for early intervention services to support very young children. The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is a NDIS program designed to help children aged 0 to 6 who have developmental delay or a disability.
Funding for disability expenses – through the NDIS, parents of children with disability can access funding for expenses such as special equipment, support workers, transport, assistive technology, and personal care. This can help children with disabilities to participate in their community and access the support they need.
Education support – to help children with disability access mainstream education, the NDIS funds classroom support, assistive technology, hearing and vision services, and other accommodations to help children learn in the best possible way, no matter their disability.
Support for families and carers – the NDIS provides support to families and carers of children with disability. This can include respite care to give family carers a break, counselling services, and financial assistance.
Support to participate in community activities – the NDIS can fund equipment, coaching and training programs, assistive technology and inclusive sport programs to enable children with disability to participate in their favourite hobbies. It also provides funding for a support worker to assist children to participate in community life.
Paediatric services– children with disability can receive specialist nursing services to care for medical conditions in their own home, so they can stay healthy and well. They can also receive 24/7 support for high needs, and dietetic services to assist with eating difficulties.
Mental health services – the NDIS can provide funding for psychology services for children with disability who have mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression. Psychology services can help children to develop coping strategies and improve their mental wellbeing.
Behaviour support – the NDIS can provide funding for behavioural support services for children with disability who have challenging behaviour. This may include interventions such as positive behaviour support, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy, or other evidence-based behavioural interventions.
Therapies for children – the NDIS can fund a wide range of therapies from allied health professionals such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, to help children thrive in everyday life.
As a disability agency in Melbourne, Home Caring supports children with disability, so they can thrive in the community and at home. We provide paediatric services, therapies, personal care, education support, assistive technology and more – and we love supporting families in their caring role. For a free consultation, please get in touch with our dedicated team of disability support experts.