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1:1 Therapy Support

It starts with a Connection Call

Kristi with woman client and ipad

A Connection Call is your first meeting to discuss the therapy and or training needs of a person receiving NDIS therapy supports.

It may be themselves or their advocate on the call.

During this initial meeting time, an informal assessment or snapshot of the persons’ skills/needs/abilities are discussed. If any formal assessment types are required these can be discussed.

Kristi will then advice / recommend the possible service/support/programs on offer by Appy Connections

Book your Connection Call:

or email me – [email protected] 

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, break down tasks

Choice

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

Assessment of skills using mobile devices then skill development built into learning program

Seeking information from individuals/caregivers and their NDIS goals/plans plus formal/informal assessments as needed

Customising of mobile devices and settings to match users skills and abilities.

A learning plan/program is developed and implemented for therapy and training purposes

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.

Case Studies

client using an ipad to assist him ordering food in a cafe
Case Study 1

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:

using an ipad for non-verbal clientslients
step by step instructions on how to send birthday text messages
Case Study 2

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.

 

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.

Face to face and online appointments available in Merimbula NSW. Other localities in Bega Valley Shire are negotiable
Video consultations and therapy/training support are also available.

Like to know more about how we can help you?
Book in for a 15-minute chat:

or email me – [email protected]