Georgia’s story of NDIS support
Three-year-old Georgia has significant delays in her communication, physical and social development. She and her family have been getting services from a child and family health nurse and a paediatrician since she was a baby.
Georgia can’t walk so she gets around by rolling across the floor at home. She can’t speak, so she can’t tell her parents when she’s hungry or wants to play with her toys.
Georgia’s family find it hard to know what she wants. They don’t know what to do to help her development.
It’s frustrating for Georgia too, who often screams for long periods during the day and night. She spends most of her time at home with her mother, who is her primary carer. It’s too hard for Georgia’s mother to manage family outings because Georgia needs such a high level of care.
Georgia’s paediatrician suggests the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) might be able to help Georgia and her parents. The paediatrician puts them in touch with their local NDIS early childhood partner.
Georgia’s parents meet with the early childhood partner. They talk about the family’s goals for Georgia, which are:
- helping Georgia communicate her needs
- decreasing Georgia’s screaming episodes
- developing a sleeping routine
- developing Georgia’s ability to do things like hold a spoon by herself
- improving Georgia’s ability to get around.
They also talk about the support that Georgia and her family need to achieve these goals.
The early childhood partner advises Georgia’s parents that Georgia would benefit from longer-term, intensive support to reach these goals. This support could include funding for early childhood intervention therapies and supports to help Georgia develop communication, self-care and other skills.
The early childhood partner also suggests that community support might help Georgia’s family. The early childhood partner puts the family in touch with a local peer support group for families with children with development delay, and also finds them a supported educational playgroup.
Because Georgia needs longer-term support, the early childhood partner helps Georgia’s family to request access to the NDIS. Georgia becomes an NDIS participant, and Georgia’s family and the early childhood partner develop an NDIS plan.
Georgia’s NDIS plan includes:
- funding for regular early childhood intervention therapy and support sessions
- funding for equipment like special seating, a standing frame or a wheelchair.
The early childhood partner submits the plan to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for approval, and the NDIA approves it.
Now that Georgia is an NDIS participant, she and her family will meet with the early childhood partner every 12 months or so to review the plan. This ensures that the support they’re getting is still meeting Georgia's needs and helping her achieve her goals.