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Dec 21, 2023

NDIS Support for children with autism

Early Childhood News

NDIS eligibility is based on reduced capacity in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Mobility
  • Learning
  • Self-Care

The application process to the NDIS is the same for all conditions.

Children with Autism 0-6 years old

When you meet the ECEI partner, you’ll discuss your child’s needs and goals. You’ll talk about any supports your child already receives, how they manage currently with daily activities, and what additional support you think your child needs.

Your ECEI partner will work with you to decide on the supports your child and family need. This can include:

  • Information or emotional support
  • Referral to mainstream services like community health, playgroups or support groups
  • Provide short or medium term early intervention for your child including speech therapy or occupational therapy.

In some cases, your child may move straight to an individual NDIS plan

Children with Autism over 6 years old

If your child is seven or older you’ll meet with an NDIA planner or an NDIS local area coordination partner.

Again, you will look at existing supports and future support your child may require to meet their goals. Everyone’s goals are different but typical goals for a child with autism may include:

  • Improving communication skills
  • Increasing skills for independent living
  • Making social connections
  • Funding and learning how to use technology

You and the NDIA planner will work together to develop an individual NDIS plan for your child. Once approved, you can start looking for service providers to deliver the agreed supports.

What supports can I get for children with autism under the NDIS?

The NDIS can provide support across many areas of a person with Autism or Asperger’s life. It is focused on their goals and can include support with:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Social Participation
  • Independence
  • Living Arrangements
  • Health And Wellbeing

Northcott can provide assistance for people with autism in a number of these areas including:

Speech Pathology Occupational Therapy Dietetics Physiotherapy Support Coordination Short Stay Early Childhood

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