Nathalie Muzerie is 16 years old and attends year 10 at Southport State School.
This year Nathalie, who has an intellectual disability, is building her skills and independence with the help of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Nathalie’s father Frederik, says his daughter has taken big strides forward in the past year.
“The goals for Nathalie are improvement, particularly in her fine motor skills and her speech.”
“I found a great speech pathologist from Griffith University which has been great,” he said.
Nathalie also works with an occupational therapist to increase her fine motor skills and her mobility.
“For example, we are trying to teach Nathalie how to do up the buttons on her school uniform.
“Nathalie and her occupational therapist practice how to do up the buttons. We have seen big improvements and will continue to help her to build her independence,” said Frederik.
The family has recently received funding for a communication device through the NDIS to help develop Nathalie’s communication skills.
“The device helps her with her speech and recognising all the words in the alphabet.
“Believe it or not, last night she used her mother’s phone and called me up from the shops.
“That was the first time that’s ever happened. There are now a few words that she recognises and can say straight away,” he said.
In September, Nathalie had the chance to practice her developing motor skills at the Gold Coast Annual Athletics Championships, where she competed in a variety of races against other students with disability.
“At the carnival I noticed that her running was much better. She is improving all the time,” said Frederik.
Nathalie is supported on her NDIS journey by Carers Queensland, NDIS Partner in the Community for the Gold Coast region and her Local Area Coordinator, Duane.
“My LAC Duane has been fantastic. He showed me how to self-manage Nathalie’s plan. Since he showed me, I found it is very simple.
“It has made things very flexible. The NDIS has been very good and for Nathalie it is great so far. Carers Queensland staff have given me 100 per cent support,” said Frederik.
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