NDIS Helps Parents

How the NDIS Helps Parents Take the Lead

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has opened up a lot of doors when it comes to early intervention programs and the support of children’s development. But did you know that the NDIS can also support the growth and development of parents?

At A Growing Understanding we believe in offering opportunities for parents to be in the ‘driver’s seat’ when it comes to supporting their child’s communication development. Parent-implemented therapy is key when it comes to achieving the best outcomes. It is for this reason that we implement speech pathology services that are anchored in coaching and empowering you, the parent, so you can ensure therapy continues at home, and your child can build language skills during everyday activities.

Thanks to the NDIS, we can compliment this service by presenting additional parent-implemented intervention programs, such as the Hanen “More than Words” program for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum or the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program for parents of children with difficulties in their understanding or use of language.

Research shows that children learn to communicate best during everyday interactions with the important adults in their lives – you. The Hanen programs offered by A Growing Understanding can help you support your child’s communication goals during the everyday situations that are already occurring.

One of the best benefits of the Hanen programs is that you will not be left feeling that you must ‘create’ extra time in your day to “work” on your child’s communication. Instead, the strategies become a natural part of how you interact with your children during everyday activities like bath time.

Evidence shows that parents learning how to assist their child’s communication can be as effective, and in some areas more effective, than a specialist working directly 1:1 with the child. In the long-term, parent-implemented intervention is more cost-effective because investing in a limited number of hours supporting your own learning can result in many more hours of support for your child.

When you choose to invest your child’s NDIS funding in the Hanen programs, you are truly taking the lead in your child’s early intervention by learning how to help them, and the rest of your family. When you do this, you no longer have to worry about the limited number of therapy hours your child is entitled to, and can support their learning in everyday life, extending the highest quality support throughout the day, every day.

Hanen’s evidence-based programs are aimed at building the social and communication skills that lay the foundation for successful interactions and long-term social success. If you would like to experience a positive change in the way you interact and communicate with your child, contact us today to secure your spot in the right program.

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