NDIS - Therapy

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World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed annually on March 21 to raise awareness about the genetic condition and promote the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome (DS). This year’s theme is “NOT FOR US, WITH US”, which aims to encourage individuals and communities to think about creating space for people living with Down Syndrome to be the voice of their experience.

The theme is particularly relevant given the challenges and social isolation experienced by people with DS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic amplified existing inequalities and discrimination faced by people with disabilities, including those with DS. Therefore, the theme emphasises the importance of creating a safe place for people living with DS where meaningful relationships and connections can be fostered and everyone feels heard and understood.

Therapy Care is an organization committed to providing support services and advocacy for people living with DS. As a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, Therapy Care offers a range of services to support the needs of individuals with DS and their families.

Luke has been a beloved member of the Therapy Care community since 2019. As Luke lives with Down Syndrome, he has an NDIS plan with Therapy Care that includes regular exercise physiology sessions in the gym to improve his physical health and coordination, as well as supervised swimming. Additionally, Therapy Care provides Luke with social and community participation activities, including group outings, one-on-one support and getaways, to help him build meaningful relationships and connections with his community.

Since joining the Therapy Care community, Luke has made significant progress in his personal development. Luke’s confidence and social skills have increased, and inturn, he has made many meaningful friendships. He has also seen overall improvements in his physical strength and muscle tone through his tailored exercise program.

Luke is a very outgoing, charismatic, and overall happy person. He puts a smile on everyone’s face when he walks into Therapy Care, complimenting others and never failing to dance and sing to his favorite band, the Backstreet Boys. Luke continues to develop independent living skills and is familiarizing himself with spending time away from home, catching public transport, and discovering new places and activities.

Luke wants people to know that living with Down syndrome comes with its own superpowers. He says he’s excellent at making friends and many other activities people might not expect him to excel at. Luke loves how many friends he has in the Therapy Care community. He likes helping others, celebrating his friend’s achievement, and training in the gym. Luke’s current goals are to increase his strength, become a better dancer, especially to Backstreet Boys songs and hip hop music, get better at swimming, become a better friend, make more friends, and gain more independence.

Overall, Luke’s story shows the potential for growth and development in individuals with Down syndrome when they receive the support they need. The Therapy Care team is proud to be a part of Luke’s journey and to help him achieve his goals.

As we observe World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, let us take the opportunity to connect with people with DS, promote their inclusion. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

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Garth is a unique individual with a passion for art and creativity. Garth lives with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and has been a part of the Therapy Care community for 18 months.

His 2021 NDIS goals centered on fostering the passion and love he places into his artwork and participating in community oriented programs. Unfortunately, the implications of COVID-19 threatened Garth’s ability to participate in the community. 

Like many of us, Garth found it challenging to adjust when lockdown struck. Before restrictions were enforced, Garth was attending Therapy Care’s art therapy group. During lockdown Garth transitioned to one-on-one social support, attended our virtual group program and received meal delivery services. At first, Garth had reservations about joining the virtual group program, but our group program manager Matt, encouraged Garth to give it a go.

Garth says two members of his Therapy Care support team, Steve and David, both played a significant role in supporting his wellbeing during lockdown. During this time Garth enjoyed many day trips to different locations including Bilbin, Lawson, Richmond and Windsor. 

In addition to keeping Garth active and outdoors, his support team encouraged and then assisted with Garth’s application for the Blacktown Art Show. 

Garth then went on to participate in a four week program with Front Up Art Studio where he painted numerous artworks that were then on display in a two day open gallery showing. 

His support worker David says, “Garth’s artworks are extraordinary. Seeing him show them publicly at the exhibition was an incredible moment.”

Building on his success, his 2022 NDIS goals are to discover new parts of Sydney during Therapy Care’s day program and continue nurturing his love for creating art. 

Garth explains “Without Therapy Care and one-on-one supports during lockdown, I feel I may have turned back to bad habits. I always feel safe physically and emotionally with all Therapy Care staff.”


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As 2022 draws to a close, we want to acknowledge the fantastic feats our participants have achieved this year.

2022 has allowed many of us to pick up goals that we’re paused during COVID times, and seen many in our community regain confidence in social settings and milestones in the clinic!

A participant who many staff members have recognized as making incredible progress this year, is Lloyd Slade.

Lloyd’s effort to consistently show up and engage in group day program has seen Lloyd’s social skills improve drastically!

Lloyd’s confidence when communicating with others, and ability to navigate difficult conversations with his friends are two standout skills the Therapy Care team has witnessed Lloyd improve on.

Lloyd took on the opportunity to participate in STA (short term accommodation) Getaways, which is a real accomplishment. During these trips away, Lloyd learnt a host of new skills and increased his confidence in unfamiliar locations.

Jas, one of Therapy Care’s Allied Health Assistants who sees Lloyd weekly, says she’s seen a huge improvement in Lloyd’s commitment and attitude towards his health this year.

Lloyd has prioritized new healthy habits at home and in the gym, including the introduction of a new meal plan through his dietitian. Lloyd continues to show up every week, and improve his mental health and overall quality of life,” says Jas.

In 2022, Lloyd focused on developing a resume with our speech therapy assistant, and learnt how to hand out and submit his resume.

In 2023, Lloyd is reaching for the stars, and has stated his New Year’s resolution is to find and maintain employment!

We look forward to seeing what 2023 has install for Lloyd, and couldn’t be prouder of his progress across a number of areas this year.


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At Therapy Care, recreational therapy has become a core part of many participants’ success stories. It has supported the psychological and physical health, recovery and wellbeing of so many people in our community. 

In many cases, the fear of failure has hindered people living with disabilities from reaching out to participate in social recreational activities. That is why at Therapy Care, we provide a safe space for all participants to begin their recreational therapy journey, no matter where they are socially and physically. While having fun is a major benefit of recreational therapy, it isn’t the only one.

Therapy Care’s recreational therapist, Karlie Scurr, speaks on the importance of participants developing their social skills in a post COVID-19 world, and how it can support them toward achieving their NDIS goals.

“Through providing a structured social context, participants have the ongoing ability to  engage in new leisure and recreational pursuits, develop and sustain friendships, and for some, support re-entry into the community after years of social isolation. Our qualified staff are there to support ongoing engagement across all settings. 

“We work collaboratively with our speech therapist, Kira, on implementing a variety of evidence-based social skills into each session,” says Karlie.

Recreational therapy focuses on a strengths-based approach across all services. This helps the participant reframe themselves in a favourable way, in order to see their value and worth. The strengths-based approach allows us to move that value forward to capitalise on their strengths, focusing on their abilities and increasing their goal-orientated outcomes.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapists can work towards a number of goals with participants including:

✔ Community re-entry (individual & group-based)

✔ Functional skill-building (shoelace tying, numeracy and literacy goals, problem solving skills, memory skills, and fine and gross motor skills)

✔ Engagement and shared attention, including difficulties engaging within therapy sessions, at home or within the community (including difficulties engaging in intentional play with peers/siblings)

✔ Play and sensory-based therapies to meet cognitive and functional goals


Karlie has worked with participants from all walks of life and has witnessed the diverse  benefits of recreational therapy on a wide range of disabilities. Our team of dedicated recreational therapists ask, “what do you want to do?”, instead of, “what do you think you can do?”, and work with individuals to overcome barriers that once seemed impossible.

The great thing about working under the NDIS is that no two disabilities present the same, and there are new conditions recognised by the scheme each day. Participants receiving recreational therapy support have seen improvements in time management, pain management, cognitive function, expression of excess energy and adjustment to life with a disability. We also get to work with our complex mental health sector. People receiving support in this sector are living with a psychosocial disability, which includes conditions such as bipolar, PTSD, severe depression, and schizophrenia.”

One great way to incorporate recreational therapy into your NDIS plan is through our  group day programs. They are designed to build on social, cognitive and physical skills. Some of the exciting activities our group participants partake in include art, inclusive kayaking, music, dance, exercise and athletics (with our paralympic coach who is also our day program manager!). Therapy Care’s activities that involve being around nature, animals, water and horticulture really make these programs unique and allow participants to experience the full benefits of recreation and leisure time.

Therapy care understands that barriers and discrimination still exist for our participants, so it is particularly important to continue to educate others and to create a more inclusive society. 

“For anyone who has been isolated previously, or is nervous about re-entering into the community – reach out to your support workers, or a member of our welcoming team. We can provide an intake form for you to fill out, so you can get the support you need. We create a safe space, and develop goals (both big and small) together that are individualised to you. We make meeting goals fun and move at your pace. It is never too late to set new goals for yourself, to re-enter the community and to develop and sustain new friendships,” Karlie says.

To find out more about recreational therapy, please get in touch with us today: info@therapycare.com.au


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Therapy Care is launching respite STA getaways!

This year Therapy Care is extending its services to include overnight and weekend getaway trips for participants. These trips present participants with the opportunity to practice their independent living skills away from their family, as well as achieve their goals to expand their social skills, partake in new recreational activities and visit new places.

We have so many exciting trips planned this year that suit a variety of needs! There is a great mix of close-to-home getaways , as well as awe-inspiring locations for those seeking adventure. To name a few, we will be travelling to the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island, and Newcastle.

In addition to the unique social environment the trips provide, developing functional capacity via recreational pursuits is a key focus. All trips will have a considered itinerary that will include a well-balanced roster of stimulating, relaxing and mindful activities. Some of the stimulating activities include fishing, swimming and go-karting. The more mindful activities include arts and craft and purposeful time dedicated to meaningful conversation.

We spoke with respite coordinator*not sure if we want title changed*, Ryan Zorzit, about the benefits of STA Getaway trips on participants’ social and functional capacity.

“Increasing social skills, community participation and developing functional capacity are common goals for many of our participants,” Ryan explains.

Our STA Getaway trips are designed to be inclusive and engaging for a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. When a trip is organized, specific leisure interests are planned to correlate with the participant’s goals and motivators to increase compliance and participation throughout the trip.

“Before launching, we trailed the STA Getaways last year with participants living with mild intellectual disabilities, schizophrenia, complex mental health, autism and down syndrome. With positive feedback from all participants it goes to show many can benefit from STA Getaway trips when activities align with their interests and goals,” said Ryan.

STA Getaways provide benefits not only to participants but to their primary careers as well. We recognized how crucial it is to support the wellbeing of careers, and aim to support them wherever possible.

“We hope participants return to the home more confident to carry out daily living tasks, as while they are away, they are supported to be really proactive in this space.

“Some of the tasks we support participants to carry out during the trips include washing, meal preparation, participating in grooming and bathing activities, maintaining a tidy room and purchasing their meals,” explains Ryan.

To find out more about Therapy Care’s STA Getaways, including a schedule of upcoming trips, please get in touch with us:

? 02 9626 8119
? info@therapycare.com.au


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April is World Autism Month, beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, Therapy Care will be focusing on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering support in our wider community.

Our aim is to celebrate the diverse lives of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This year’s theme is ‘inclusive quality education for all’ and focuses on addressing the disruption to education caused by COVID-19 and the disproportional impact it has had on individuals living on the autism spectrum.

Despite Therapy Care’s efforts to make all NDIS supports virtual, the pandemic’s interruptions to routines and support services caused many to feel further isolated in social and educational endeavor’s.

There are many exceptional people in our Therapy Care community living with ASD, three of whom have chosen to share their stories. Our hope is that through their stories, our wider community has a better understanding of ASD.

Lachlan

This year’s theme of ‘inclusive education for all’ is something Therapy Care participant Lachlan hopes to see continue to develop as he completes his final year of primary school and beyond. Lachlan has been working with Therapy Care since 2020 and during this time has worked with allied health and speech assistant Helen. Helen and Lachlan have built a trusting relationship. This relationship acts as a basis for Lachlan to explore different spaces and settings where he feels comfortable socially and inspired educationally.

“Lachlan is very bright and has excellent math skills. We are constantly amazed by his unique observations and questions due to his perspective and curious nature..

“Lachlan is sometimes hesitant when facing a new activity. However, with encouragement he will almost always successfully participate in the activity without any difficulty, amazing himself with the results,” says Helen.

Under the NDIS Lachlan currently receives occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy, and weekly one on one social support services. He’s also an eager attendee of Therapy Care’s school holiday program, which allows him to meet like-minded participants in a social and fun environment.

Lachlan’s current NDIS goals include:

✅ Improving numeracy and literacy skills
✅ Improving fine motor skills
✅ Increasing his ability to regulate emotions in order to interact with peers
✅ Increasing community involvement
✅ Increasing independence

Therapy Care is very proud of Lachlan’s achievements both within his sessions and in his day-to-day life.

Josh

Josh is one of Therapy Care’s outstanding participants who has been working with Therapy Care for the last two years. Under the NDIS he currently attends weekly exercise psychology sessions and will soon start receiving social support services. During the lockdown period, Josh began to struggle with anxiety due to increased isolation from his social settings. Through building relationships with his support workers, including Therapy Care support worker’s Jaslyn and Jai, Josh has been able to develop skills in order to overcome this and increase his ability to regulate his emotions.

“Josh’s social wellbeing has increased since coming to the gym. He has gained a lot of confidence by becoming more independent in following his workout routine. Josh’s mental wellbeing has also improved as a result of him attending his physical therapy sessions,” says Jaslyn.

“With his can-do attitude, Josh is a pleasure to train with. He is committed to his NDIS goals, and as a result, has increased his overall cardiovascular fitness and strength with the guidance of his trainers,” says Jai.

Josh’s current NDIS goals are:
✅ Become more social and be involved with the community more
✅ Increase his fitness
✅ Get involved in the workforce
✅ Gain more independence

Josh says, Therapy Care isn’t just a place to exercise, it’s a fun place! I am always disappointed if I have to miss a session for any reason.”

Josh’s parents also use Therapy Care as a reward basis in order to prompt positive behavior.

Michael

Therapy Care participant Michael has achieved incredible goals during his time at Therapy Care. Under the NDIS, Michael currently receives occupational therapy, exercise physiology, and one-on-one social support. Michael is also a valued member of our group day program. Michael lives with his large family and is working on gaining independence through contributing to household chores. Currently, Michael and his support worker Kim have been assisting with weekly shopping during his one-on-one social sessions. Activities such as this create transferable skills including money handling and object finding, as well as building a greater understanding of nutrition. Outside of his family home, Michael has been working with Kim to increase his confidence in social settings.

“Michael sometimes requires encouragement to talk in front of people as he can struggle to get out what he’s feeling at times, particularly with new people. However, once you get to know him he will talk to you about everything.

“He loves being around his friends at Therapy Care and cares deeply for them. He has formed a great friendship with Rochelle,” says Kim.

Michael has also been developing writing skills in order to communicate his emotions.

“Currently, Michael is writing a diary of what he is up to and learning to put sentences together and read it back to his occupational therapist & support worker.” explains Kim

Michael’s current NDIS goals include:

✅ Increasing fitness levels
✅ Increasing confidence in social situations
✅ Increasing his ability to write in sentences

The achievements of Lachlan, Josh and Micahel during their time at Therapy Care highlight the importance of receiving adequate and holistic NDIS support. If you or someone you know is living with ASD and would like to find out more about Therapy Care’s NDIS support services, please get in touch with us at:

? info@therapycare.com.au
? 02 9626 8119


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to people living with disability. This funding allows people with disability to gain access to support services they require to live a full and comfortable life. The NDIS is goal orientated and is designed to facilitate the unique needs of every participant. Support such as respite, is also available for participants’ families and carers, to help strengthen the support systems of individuals living with disability.

All Australian residents above the age of 7 and under the age of 65 may be eligible to receive specialized care via the NDIS. To receive NDIS funding you must be living with a permanent or serious disability including psychosocial conditions, that impacts your everyday living and requires assistance from others or equipment to complete certain tasks.

Therapy Care is a registered disability support provider under the NDIS. We provide plan management, functional assessments, and everyday living support services to NDIS participants living with a disability in Brisbane. There is a wide range of support services offered under the NDIS including supports such as personal care, domestic assistance, grocery shopping, cooking, and garden maintenance.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

At times the NDIS may seem intimidating and confusing, especially to vulnerable members of the disability community. Therapy Care understands this and works with participants to breakdown the process and provide support at every step of their NDIS journey. Therapy Care’s team also has extensive training and experience in advocacy. We are dedicated to ensuring our participants can maximize the benefits of their funding and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

To find out if you’re eligible, please visit the NDIS Eligibility Checklist webpage. For the full scope of support services available under the NDIS, please refer to the NDIS Price Guide . To view the latest version of the NDIS Support Catalogue, please download it via the NDIS’ Price guides and pricing webpage. Therapy Care adheres to the prices put forward by the NDIS present in the price guide.

If you are not receiving any form of disability support, but think you may be eligible, you will need to fill out an Access Request form. These forms are available from your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner (if your child is under seven), your local NDIA office or you can call 1800 800 110. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team via brisbane@therapycare.com.au.


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Daily living supports can assist participants in feeling comfortable, safe and independent as they complete everyday tasks. Therapy Care understands that holistic disability support extends to all aspects of life. We provide a wide range of daily living supports to ensure everyone has the support they need to increase their ability and confidence to more independently complete day-to-day tasks.

Many participants require personal care and assistance with activities within the home. Our support workers are trained to provide the highest degree of professionalism and sensitivity when assisting with personal care activities. These activities may include showering and dressing that will set participants up for a motivated day as well as prepare them for bed.

We also offer domestic assistance to ensure all participants are living in a safe, comfortable and hygienic environment. Activities such as cooking, cleaning and household duties can be an opportunity for participants to work with their support workers to increase their skills.

Therapy Care support workers are available to assist with tasks outside of the home such as grocery shopping. Our team of support workers ensure participants have access to a healthy and balanced diet. Once grocery shopping is completed support workers are well-equipped to prepare and cook nutrient-rich meals. When suitable, this process is offered as a learning opportunity for participants to develop skills such as following a step-by-step recipe and assisting with clean up.

Many of our participants have a garden or backyard that needs consistent maintenance. Therapy Care has a team of hardworking gardeners who can take the stress out of garden upkeep.

If you would like to find out more about how daily living supports can be a part of your NDIS plan, get in touch with us via brisbane@therapycare.com.au.


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Unlike many other NDIS support providers Therapy Care prioritises in house plan management. This ensures the impact of the participant’s funding is maximised and that they’re partnering with support workers who they can trust.

Therapy Care’s plan management team has extensive training and experience in advocacy. They are equipped to help you navigate the NDIS and connect you with the right support services. We understand that at times the NDIS can seem complicated and intimidating. That is why our plan managers are committed to creating open conversations with participants about their goals and how to best achieve these through NDIS funding.

Plan Management:

Our Plan Managers are here to assist you throughout every step of your NDIS journey, including:

✔ Being by your side to educate and support you, from the application process right through to connecting you to support services

✔ Working with you to create an action plan to achieve your current goals and discuss additional goals you may not have thought possible

✔ Ensuring you receive support services that align with your goals

✔ Navigating and continuously reassessing your NDIS budget to ensure you’re getting the most out of the latest up-to-date support services

✔ Being a reliable member of your NDIS team and advocating for your needs

To find out more about the support services we offer, including plan management, explore our website or get in touch with us via brisbane@therapycare.com.au.


Therapy Care is a growing, ‘participant-centered’ registered disability support service provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ’Participant-centered’ means that we value each participant’s unique goals, abilities, personalities and circumstances, and priorities these in the support we provide to them. We continuously challenge ourselves to provide new opportunities, activities and support that will engage, educate, empower and excite.

Our mission is two-fold; to make the NDIS easy, and build enduring relationships within our safe and trusted community. Our team is committed to supporting all NDIS participants toward reaching their goals.

Our diverse team of motivated staff are passionate about providing exceptional support. We are constantly educating and informing staff on the latest developments in the disability care sector, implementing evidence-based practice and embracing innovation to improve the capacity of all participants.

Therapy Care provides end-to-end support to ensure individuals feel supported through every step of their NDIS journey. We provide plan management, functional assessments, and everyday living support services to NDIS participants looking to live more comfortably or who have particular goals, such as increasing community access or skills to live more independently.

Unlike many other NDIS support providers Therapy Care priorities in house plan management, to assist all participants in maximizing the impact of their funding. Therapy Care’s plan management team has extensive training and experience in advocacy. They are equipped to help you navigate the NDIS and connect you with the right support services.

If a participant wants to change or increase their NDIS funding and the support services they receive, we offer to conduct a Functional Independent Measure (FIM) assessment. This internationally recognized report assesses motor and cognitive function, and is delivered by one of our qualified therapists.
Therapy Care understands that holistic disability support extends to all aspects of each participant’s lives. We provide a wide range of daily living supports to ensure that all participants have adequate assistance when completing day-to-day tasks. These include personal care, domestic assistance, grocery shopping, cooking and garden maintenance.

Whether you are new to the NDIS, have been isolating and are nervous about re-entering into the community, or are simply seeking a change in NDIS support provider to better support your needs, Therapy Care is here to welcome you.

If you would like to learn more about a particular service, or find out how we can help you or your loved one, get in touch with us today via brisbane@therapycare.com.au.


Therapy Care Western Sydney
2/55 Campbell St
Blacktown, NSW 2148

Therapy Care Brisbane
5/1472 Boundary Rd
Wacol, QLD 4076
Spic N Span Gold Coast
13/99 West Burleigh Rd
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

Thrive on Therapy
Suite 15-16, 49-51 Thomas Dr
Chevron Island QLD 4217