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Child (5-12)

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young boy with disability viewing photos on a camera with grandmotherAs your child prepares to start school you may have many questions about your child’s future. You do not have to do it on your own. You and your child are entitled to many supports and services throughout their school life.

Support is offered for students with additional support needs from early childhood, transition to school, through to high school and beyond. Every child regardless of ability and need for additional support, is entitled to an education. Children with a diverse range of abilities and learning needs are supported through a wide range of packages and services that operate in mainstream and schools for specific purposes.

You will need to make decisions about what school your child will attend and whether you want your child to attend a mainstream school or a school for specific purpose. To assist make this decision it will be worth you looking at the web site for your State’s Department of Education to see what the different school models can offer , talking to friends who may have a school aged child with additional support needs to find out their experiences or talking to the school.

If your child has a sibling it may be beneficial for you to read “Side by Side- Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability” published by NSW Government Family and Community Services Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

The supports and services you could explore current funding opportunities for, or purchase with self directed funds or pay a fee for (fee for service) that may assist you and your family in this life stage are:

  • Respite “Time for me, Time for  you”
  • Therapies such as: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, counselling and specialist behavioural interventions.
  • Aids and appliances such as: Home and vehicle modifications and communication aids.
  • Personal care such as: showering, bathing, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, toileting, meal time assistance, oral hygiene, mobility and transfers, medication use, regular and routine exercises.
  • Peer Support Programs.
  • Before and After School Care.
  • Vacation Care.
  • Case Management.
  • Support at School.
  • Assisted School travel program.

DSA has:

  • Experience in supporting people and their family/carer to self-direct their packages.
  • Trained staff.
  • Experience implementing the additional legislative compliance requirements and policies applicable when providing support to children and young people. All our staff complete the working with children check and are cleared as not being a prohibited person prior to commencing work with us.
  • Modern, bright and engaging facilities.
  • Modern and up to date workplaces.
  • Staff from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • An Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer.
  • Technology in place such as video conferencing that means we can provide support to people who are geographically isolated, time poor or live in remote areas.
  • Effective and accountable practices in place for managing your funding.

Contact us on 1300 372 121 to find out how DSA can support  you to live your life, your future and your choice, or send us an email with your questions or area of need customerconnections@dsa.org.au

Last Modified: 29/04/2016 12:30 PM