Exercise can be hugely beneficial in the management of chronic conditions and disabilities. You can improve strength, balance, sleep, the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions, and cognition. Exercise Physiologists’ can assist any individual who may benefit from exercise, including those with physical and mental health conditions. 

Connect2Care’s Melbourne-based Exercise Physiologist, Matilda, has been working alongside her client to find a sustainable and enjoyable regime, resulting in improved compliance and better outcomes. The goal was to increase independence, strength, and confidence, and Matilda was able to engage her client in the activity of boxing successfully. 

Matilda’s client continues to engage in weekly Exercise Physiology sessions and regularly performs their home exercise program outside of these sessions. The results have been astounding, with her client indicating that daily boxing is an incredibly positive method of managing her negative emotions. They have also demonstrated improvement in their strength and technique. Matilda is now working on incorporating more challenging variations of exercises into the exercise program so that her client can continue to reach and exceed exercise goals, striving to improve their physical and mental health.

NDIS Approved Exercise Physiology | Connect2Care

Assistive technology can be extremely beneficial for helping to maintain and improve everyday functions. The use of assistive technology can create more independence and increase opportunities to perform tasks and make decisions.

Some examples of the assistive technology provided at Connect2Care include: 

  • Communication and information equipment 
  • Assistive products for hearing and vision  
  • Personal Mobility equipment 
  • Assistive products for personal care and safety
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Our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists both provide many different types of assistive technology to their clients. One specific type of assistive technology provided by Connect2Care’s speech pathologist’s is a high-tech device which allows people to communicate when they don’t have the option to communicate verbally. 

 

 

This device allows people to communicate using their eyesight and/or small body movements. Using this device can give people the ability to convey their thoughts and how they are feeling when they otherwise may not have been able to.

Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that affects reading. Learning to read is a crucial step in language development; therefore, working on reading strategies and skills is vital.

Speech pathologists are trained to assess overall language skills, including those critical to reading, such as phonological awareness and subsequent targeting intervention to help individuals with dyslexia learn to read.

 

Phonological awareness is essential for reading, writing, rhyming, and manipulating syllables, such as blending and segmenting. These skills allow us to understand what sounds make up a particular word and manipulate sounds to form words. Programs that target phonological awareness and literacy skills are available, such as ‘The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme.’
At Connect2Care, our Speech Pathologists will work with dyslexic clients, teaching them achievable strategies to support learning and practical skills.

References:

1. The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme booklet: Microsoft Word – programme booklet 2008.doc (canterbury.ac.nz)

2. Reading Rockets | Launching Young Readers  this website provides general information about reading and some research-based reading strategies/intervention; it is also a good source for finding the appropriate books based on age, genre, and reading level.

Assistive technology is an essential means by which individuals with disabilities can perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Some examples include mobility aids, iPads, and physical modifications within the home, such as ramps and grab bars.

 

NDIS Australia set out guidelines and categorisations for the product risk. They are placed in a high, mid and low category of risk. A powered wheelchair, for example, is placed in the high-risk category as it is recognised as complex assistive technology.

 

For more information on this classification, visit Assistive technology product risk table | NDIS to evaluate the table found on this webpage.

 

If individuals fit the plan criteria, assistive technology is worthwhile when putting together an NDIS plan. The NDIS is committed to building a sustainable and empowering approach to assistive technology in the NDIS community.

Our therapists at Connect2Care strive to enrich all participants’ lives and provide the most appropriate assistive technology to improve independence and quality of life.

NDIS Assistive Technology | Connect2Care

It is a common belief that our tissue heals after an injury, and pain usually goes away. Yet, many Australians experience pain after the healing process is complete. When pain persists beyond three months, this is defined as “Chronic Pain.”

Chronic Pain Explained: 

A common explanation is that chronic pain occurs due to the changes in our nervous system; the pain receptors become more sensitised and keep the nerves firing, signalling pain to the brain.

Factors:  

Factors contributing to chronic pain include stress, anxiety; sleep; diet; and psychological trauma. When dealing with chronic pain, taking a holistic approach to care is essential. How can we achieve this? Practising mindfulness, speaking to a psychologist or developing a regular sleep routine and a healthy diet can promote our physical and mental health.

 

At Connect2Care, we will match you with your preferred healthcare professional as our team’s promotion of physical and mental health is a top priority.

Joanne’s message:  

“No matter how you choose to approach chronic pain, it is always important to remember that any movement is better than no movement at all.” 

Make the move now! 

“Not only does language development support the child’s ability to communicate, but also their ability to express their feelings, problem-solving skills and developing and maintaining relationships.” 
Jenny Ngo – Speech Pathologist at Connect2Care

Repeat, Sit Down & Read 

Help stimulate and develop your child’s language.

Language is vital to a child’s development. It complements a range of other developments, such as cognitive, social, and literacy.

For instance, children with language delays benefit from repeating words they hear multiple times daily in different situations. An example is using the term “up” when picking up your child while in their cot and when going upstairs. 

Give your child more opportunities to learn that word. Sit down and share a book with your child as it is proven to help increase a child’s language and reading development. Studies have shown that having books in the home and reading regular bedtime stories can improve a child’s vocabulary and help increase comprehension.

NDIS Early Support Services & Pediatric Therapy | Connect2Care

Dickinson, D., Griffith, J., Golinkoff, R., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2012). How Reading Books Fosters Language Development around the World. Child Development Research, 2012, 1-15.DOI: 10.1155/2012/602807 Hagen, A. (2017). Improving the Odds: Identifying Language Activities that Support the Language Development of Preschoolers with Poorer Vocabulary Skills. Scandinavian Journal Of Educational Research, 62(5),649-663. DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2016.1258727

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by an external force. TBI is a form of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Car accidents in Victoria make up a large percentage of TBI injuries. No person with a TBI/ABI is the same. It affects people in different ways. In addition to it majorly impacting the individual, it also affects those around them (i.e., family members). 

Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for ABI/TBI. But there is hope. This person now has to form new neural pathways. Psychology works to assist those suffering from TBI through learning coping skills and improving general emotional well-being. Moreover, evidence indicates that behavioural therapy, CBT and psychoeducation can help improve brain function and symptom relief.
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As an OT working in the NDIS space with clients with mental health and psychosocial issues, we have many opportunities to make meaningful and lasting contributions to peoples’ lives and journeys.
 
One such story was a client I recently worked with who did not have suitable permanent accommodation due to her complex behaviours.  
As such, she was facing imminent homelessness. As her OT, I worked with her medical and therapy team to assess, report and advocate for a permanent housing solution that would meet her complex behavioural issues and long term needs.
 
 What justified inclusion into community programs, access to social groups and assistance with personal and instrumental activities to ensure she could lead a meaningful and satisfying future.
NDIS Approved Housing Supports | Connect2Care

Early Intervention (EI) Therapy is a passion of mine. The NDIS currently supports young children from zero to seven years with an Early Childhood Intervention Services ECIS model without needing a formal diagnosis. 

As explained further in an American Occupational Therapy Association article by Ashely Opp: A child’s earliest years are filled with new stimulations and novel experiences that drive their cognitive, social, and physical growth. The first three years of life are a critical time for brain development, significantly if a child is delayed or restricted in development. If a child needs support to develop optimally, occupational therapy can help.

Furthermore, occupational therapy aims to assist children with developmental delays or a known physical or mental condition associated with a high probability of delays by improving their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills.

AOTA advocacy: schools and early intervention | AOTA

NDIS Early Support Services & Pediatric Therapy | Connect2Care

NDIS Occupational Therapy | Occupational Therapists | Connect2Care

At university, Physiotherapy students are taught about the many different areas that you can work in as a Physiotherapist – Musculoskeletal (muscles and bones); Neurological (brain/nervous system), and Cardiorespiratory (heart and lungs); Paediatrics; and Women’s Health, to name a few.

During my ten years working as a Physiotherapist, I have gained experience working in many of these different fields in both the public and the private sectors, each area providing a different set of challenges, growth and reward. It wasn’t until I started working at Connect2Care, specifically with NDIS clients, that I realised that I combine all of the skills that I have learnt in all of the different fields of Physiotherapy almost daily. You don’t necessarily have to have one area of interest or expertise. Every client is unique, and you need to draw on all of the knowledge you have in these different areas to assist them in achieving their goals. 

People often think that Physiotherapists give exercises to help with an injured back or a sore knee, but they can do SO much more! I love the feeling of assisting clients to be able to do what they enjoy; it is the most rewarding “job” I have ever had. 

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