1:1 Therapy Support
NDIS Funding Category: Capacity Building and Improved Daily Living
Support to increase skills in one or more of the following life skill areas:
- Communication – interactions/sharing information/expressing needs and wants
- Social skills – turn-taking, handling/dealing with difficult situations
- Daily Living – shopping, cooking, budgeting, transport
- Recreation – games, entertainment on devices
- Employment – myriad of skill opportunities. Set reminders, task break down tasks
- Maintaining each individual’s choice and control of any program delivery is essential.
For the most part, the journey looks like this:
- Developing rapport and trust with each individual
- Seeking information from individuals/caregivers and their NDIS goals/plans plus formal/informal assessments as needed
- A learning plan/program is developed and implemented for therapy and training purposes.
- Assessment of skills using mobile devices then skill development built into learning program
- Customising of mobile devices and settings to match users skills and abilities.
- Personalisation of apps to suit sensory and learning needs of individuals – as needed.
Focus on positive change in individual functioning, development and well-being.
- Holistic Techniques such as movement breaks or stretches/dances to enhance concentration and learning outcomes
- Practice new skills in real-life settings are encouraged and practised as needed
Real-life meaningful opportunities to practice new skills are needed to grow and learn therefore interactions across natural environments are required.
Book in for a 15-minute chat to find out more:
Case Study 1 :
Person: A middle-aged male who has Autism needed help to learn how to use his phone
Problem: At baseline – support workers were taking his phone and replying to his messages. Who considered his choice, control and privacy? Not everyone. Yet him replying with typing words due to language processing of text becomes anxiety-provoking and takes all the fun out of it.
Solution: Assessment of skills, needs, abilities and motivation (he values his connections with others in high regard). A learning program was set up and included visual schedule and instructions for both himself and his support workers
Outcome: In real-time he now responds to messages from his friends and family using his unique introductory line ‘This is X X speaking’ – yet it’s a text. Does anyone mind? No!
Additional Bonus: He is sent reminders when it’s time to send a birthday message and takes a lot of pride in sending these too.
Case Study 2 :
Person: A young male with Autism and is non-verbal
Problem: His family knew signs at home to offer alternative communication methods but he was not given many choices when he attended day programs. Choices about where to go and what to order at a takeaway shop. It was assumed he wanted what he always had. What if he wanted a burger one day and not hot chips?
Solution: Following an assessment of skills, needs, abilities and motivation. An intervention and an app on his iPad called Sounding Board was customised with pictures of places to go and different food/drink options.
Outcome: With courage, support and practice in real-time in the community, he was able to use the iPad to increase his communication skills and to improve his participation in activities.
Additional Bonus: When he was bored at the library, he used his iPad and asked the librarian for the Wifi password. As you do when you’re 22.
Here’s a video of him continuing to be supported to use iPad in different places:
Moments like these are created and learning new ways to use technology becomes meaningful.
There are dozens of other examples, each person is unique with their own learning style and therefore at Appy Connections learning programs are tailor-made to match.