The disability therapy & treatment rocket can be hectic & stressful & made all the more tricky by the fog of
lifelong grief.

I feel truly blessed that our early therapists were highly experienced practical people.
They showed us that with a lot of practice our dearest Elly could do so much.

Our early progress was buoyed with practical respite. For our family that meant our respite carers assisted with the homework
set by our therapists. That simple description grossly undervalues their contribution. Our carers valued our goals & understood
them, they shared our struggles & they celebrated our achievements. Our carers, despite being agency recruited weren’t easily
replaced support workers, they were dedicated highly trained therapy assistants. This was a testament to our therapists who
were able to deconstruct & communicate the understanding we all needed.

A life skills mindset along with an engaged team helps adults living with disabilities achieve & live fulfilling lives.

The GOTO HUB is about helping make this happen.

Anita Smith

THE
HUB'S
ABOUT

Streamlining
information
acquisition
& SHARING

Connecting
teams to
enhance capacity
building
opportunities

Making
therapy
more effective by
expanding respite
opportunities into
meaningful
therapy
homework

HOME SUPPORTS

Families need a lot more than respite.

Time challenges include:

  • Attending multiple therapies & ensuring it's effectiveness with regular home based exercises.
  • Educational goals & outcomes
  • Life skills acquisition

A family with a child affected by disability is significantly more likely to experience divorce & isolation from family supports.

PAPER SHUFFLING

Common interventions include speech therapy, physio therapy, occupational therapy, behaviour therapy, paediatricians, dietitians, specialists & surgeons

Constant discussions with program managers in all areas of life progressing through early intervention, child care, kinder & eventually school on a never ending list of issues like feeding, continence, behaviour, integration & program adaption

Paper based reporting is an extremely limited way of communicating.

As report writing is time consuming very little is recorded and this ultimately:

  1. Reduces the effectiveness of therapy and out of session capacity building opportunities
  2. Minimises the opportunity for collaborated outcomes
  3. Creates a time consuming unpaid team communication manager's job for the parent/carer

SQUEEZING TIME

Specialist capacity building activities are squeezed in as often as can be managed and generally require more than the usual level of parental/carer involvement

THE REAL SQUEEZE

Well known speech therapist and practice owner with decades of experience...

Speech therapy, for those that need it, is ideally delivered by a therapist 5 days a week. Obviously this isn't doable so weekly therapy
is the best we can hope for. Even then the progress doesn't happen during the therapy session, that's all about the effort that's put
into the homework.

THE GAP

A daily, or regular, multi discipline therapy homework program for many families just isn’t doable due to work commitments,
siblings, grief, mental health problems and overwhelm

PROFILE HUB

Medical - allergies, diagnosis, medication, emergency procedures, vaccinations
Plans – behaviour, programs, school, NDIS
Certificates – Working With Children Check, TAFE
Documents, applications, reports - Centrelink, Companion Card, Multi Purpose Taxi Program, Power of Attorney, IQ
Applications – Centrelink,
Lifestyle – dietary preferences, preferred recipes, daily planner, routines, favourite activities, AAC communication boards, passwords, friendship groups & contacts

TEAM HUB

  • Parents & carers
  • Therapists & allied health
  • Teachers, aides & program providers
  • Support coordinators, plan managers, NDIS LAC's
  • ALL important contacts

COMMUNICATION HUB

Type a note – forget communication books!
Audio – record important consultations, meetings & calls
Documents – homework, therapy notes & reports, NDIS service agreements & quotes
Video & pics

THERAPY HOMEWORK HUB

Collaboration - Early years specialist teachers with an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) & Occupational Therapy focus

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