Communication the key for Tashi
With support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), 12-year-old Tashi Robinson, who has Down syndrome, is improving his communication skills and building his confidence.
“Tashi’s goals were to build his communication skills and help him to live a healthy lifestyle, build his confidence, help him engage in activities and build his life skills, social skills and safety skills,” said his mother Amaira.
“Tashi primarily uses the funding for speech therapy. He has a lot of difficulty communicating, so that was a major priority for him.
“His school has noticed a big difference in his communication and so has his family. Overall he is a little bit more confident.”
Amaira said that through a variety of physical therapies funded through the NDIS, Tashi was also able to get more involved and participate at school and in the playground.
“Tashi also attends physiotherapy. He has difficulty with balance, so he has found it hard to engage in sports and other things he wants to do. That is important in terms of socialising with other kids but also for fitness and health.
“He is now learning some foundation motor skills and is also much more confident to get involved in games with his family or friends at school.
“He has been doing mini games and different exercises and Tashi has been getting much better. He is learning to follow rules and patterns in games and is building an understanding of different sports.”
Tashi is supported on his NDIS journey by Carers Queensland, NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community for the Brisbane region.
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