NDIS helps siblings stay on the right track

Published On: 7 July 2019Categories: NDIS, News

Anika Colless loves to dance and her brother Zachary is interested in joining a coding club.

After joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Anika and Zachary are now working towards achieving their goals.

Since joining the NDIS in October 10-year-old Anika, who has autism, is getting more involved in social and community activities to help her become more open and develop new skills.

This includes taking up Physie Dance, where she can choose to play a part in groups or to work individually around other dancers.

Mum Joann said to help improve her independence Anika also accesses an occupational therapist to improve her gross and fine motor skills, as well as a psychologist to develop her emotional skills and to help her build on relationships.

More recently Anika has started to visit a dietitian to help overcome her sensory difficulties with eating and to better improve her health and wellbeing.

Joann said she enjoys seeing Anika growing more independent and developing social interests.

“These are all part of her goals to participate more in the community with support and less anxiety.”

Anika’s 13-year-old brother Zachary, who also has autism, has only recently joined the NDIS.

Zachary’s goals include accessing allied health services to improve his daily skills to become more independent at home, at school, and in the wider community.

The teenager recently began to see an occupational therapist and a new psychologist to help with his anxiety and to build on his confidence to help him join a social coding group in the near future.

The siblings received assistance to apply for and implement their NDIS plan from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.

“The staff have been lovely and so helpful for both the kids,” Joann said.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for the scheme and to help you get started with your NDIS plan.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordinator Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region at Garden City Office, Building 20, Level 1, 2404 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains or call 3719 9600.