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You have received your child's NDIS plan...Now what?

Receiving your child's NDIS plan opens up a world of possibilities, here at Stepping Stones we want to help your child access the supports that best align with their goals and enable you and your family to get the most out of your plan.

Earlier this week we covered the first steps in preparing for your child's initial NDIS planning meeting. For a quick refresh visit the article here.

Understanding your plan

The NDIS have made 3 booklets available to guide you through the NDIS process, we covered booklets 1 and 2 in our earlier post now let's look at booklet 3.

This booklet will help you to understand what has been included in your child's plan, how to use your plan and how to choose and pay for your supports and services. This booklet also covers planning for your plan reassessment when the time comes (NB: currently, the default length of a plan is two years).

Your funds will be broken down into sections - Core and Capacity Building Supports:

Core Supports

Core supports help with your child's everyday activities, current disability related needs and to work towards their goals. The Core Supports budget is the most flexible, and in most cases, funding can be used across the support categories (however, this may not include transport).

Capacity Building Supports

Capacity Building supports are intended to build your child's independence and reduce their need for the same level of support into the future. Your child's progress and outcomes from these supports will be shared at each plan review.

Unlike the Core Supports budget, the Capacity Building Supports budget cannot be moved from one support category to another. Funding can only be used to purchase approved individual supports that fall within that Capacity Building category.

Towards the final pages of your plan, you will see the 'Funded Supports' section, this is where you will see a monetary value assigned to specific supports.

Stepping Stones is registered to provide the following supports:

Therapeutic Supports

Therapeutic supports are provided to assist participants aged from 7 years to apply their functional skills to improve participation and independence in daily, practical activities in areas such as language and communication, personal care, mobility and movement, interpersonal interactions and community living.

Providers registered for Therapeutic Supports are able to help with the following support categories:

  • Find and keep a job

  • Improved daily living

  • Improved health and wellbeing

Communications and Information Equipment

Products to assist with alternate communication or to access written or spoken communication via electronic or other means.

Providers registered for Communications and Information Equipment are able to help with the following support categories:

  • Assistive technology

Early Childhood Supports

Provision of a mix of therapies, and a key worker for the family. Supports all children 0-6 years with developmental delay or disability and their families to achieve better long-term outcomes, regardless of diagnosis. All children and families will be treated as individuals to ensure that they receive the right support to meet their goals and aspirations. The type of supports will be different for every child and their family according to their needs.

Providers registered for Early Intervention Supports for Early Childhood are able to help with the following support categories:

  • Improved daily living

Behaviour Support

Specialised Positive Behaviour Support registration group includes support items provided by allied health professionals with specialist skills in positive behaviour support including assessment and the development of a comprehensive plan that aims to reduce and manage behaviours of concern.

Providers registered for Specialist Positive Behaviour Support are able to help with the following support categories:

  • Improved relationships

Using your NDIS plan

Stepping Stones Therapy Services accepts all forms of funding management (self-managed, plan managed or NDIA managed). If you are an existing client, we will automatically commence charging your appointments through your funding plan once you have provided us with a copy of your child's plan and completed the NDIS service agreement.

If you are not an existing client of Stepping Stones, please get in touch with us and we will discuss the ways we can support your child and the services that currently have availability to support your child. Feel free to chat with us about what it is that you are looking for in a provider and together we can assess whether Stepping Stones is the right provider for you!

Call us today to chat:

South West: 9791 7898

Broome: 0477 190 111


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