It is Connect2Care’s mission to provide excellent quality services and support to our clients in ways that make them feel empowered and allow them to achieve their goals.
Recently, our Physiotherapist Lisa had a breakthrough with a client. The client had previously been hospitalized for 10 months, during which he saw progress and regression with his ability to stand.
Assistive technology can be highly 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:
Our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists provide different types of assistive technology to their clients. One specific assistive technology provided by Connect2Care’s speech pathologists is a high-tech device that allows people to communicate when they don’t have the option to communicate verbally.
This device allows people to communicate using their eyesight and slight body movements. Using this device can give people the ability to convey their thoughts and how they feel when they otherwise may not have been able to.
Exercise Physiology is a service provided at Connect2Care that involves exercise-based therapy and intervention for various health issues. Exercise Physiologists help to treat and manage chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities through exercise. This is a well-established treatment modality to reduce the risk of disease and improve outcomes for people experiencing chronic disease.
Exercise physiologists prescribe exercise interventions that are specific to each individual. They also provide patient education and can assist with facilitating behaviour change for long-term health benefits.
Exercise physiologists can work with a wide range of health conditions and can also help prevent and manage injuries.
They use multiple forms of exercise treatment, including strength training, aerobic training, balance and hydrotherapy.
“If the benefits of exercise could come from a pill, every doctor would prescribe it” – Matilda, Exercise Physiologist.
There are endless benefits that come from exercise, and our Exercise Physiologist can help you achieve these benefits.
The Allied Health capability framework provided by health.vic is to understand the capabilities of allied health to support the needs of those with disability.
The domain of Individual support and its capabilities are as follows:
1. Understands disability and complex support needs
2. Promotes independence and informed choice
3. Works in partnership with the person to set and achieve goals
4. Thinks flexibly and tailors interventions to the person
5. Communicates effectively
6. Works collaboratively with the person’s supports
7. Operates within the scope of practice
8. Collaborates with interprofessional
9. Navigates the National Disability Insurance Scheme
10. Collaborates across service systems
Quality, Safety and Ethics:
11. Acts ethically and resolves conflicts
12. Promotes safety, quality and inclusion
A discussion with the national committee members of the APA disability group, Catherine Kohlenberg, Denise Luscombe, Bas Jansen and state committee members provided five points as to why physiotherapy is important to people with disability.
1. Cerebral palsy-specific early interventions maximise neuroplasticity
Physiotherapists play a key role in early intervention through utilising motor training-based activities that prompt neuroplasticity. By stimulating neuroplasticity, a physiotherapist works to rehabilitate and improve an individual’s quality of life. At Connect2Care, our physiotherapists work within an interdisciplinary team, providing the best outcomes for individuals.
2. Physiotherapists play a vital role in early childhood intervention
Our physiotherapists work to ensure the best practices and guidelines for children and families through early childhood intervention. A physiotherapist takes on a “coach role” whilst other therapists form the team around the child. Connect2Care therapists work within the team and the community where family priorities are focused.
3. Physiotherapists are trained to improve physical fitness
Lowered physical activity has implications for emotional well-being and overall health. Physiotherapists are trained to improve strength-building and motor skills. As Connect2Care works closely with the NDIS, all of our physiotherapists are available for face-to-face and telehealth appointments now!
4. Postural care: prevention is better than cure
Understanding how to prevent issues with postural care is crucial! Supported lying is an aligning of the body in a non-destructive position in bed. Our physiotherapists can assess and support clients in developing prevention techniques for postural care.
5. To measure is to know
Standardised assessments are leading to the identification and prevention of functional issues. This outcome-based approach to therapy is in keeping with the national standards set out by the APA and is practised by our physiotherapists. Whilst these tools are important, our therapists are also adaptive to client needs and will identify the appropriate tool on an individual basis.
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) has collated data in a report published the 30th of June 2020. The report details how families and carers of participants feel about the NDIS and if it has improved their lives over the past few years in the introduction phase.
At-home, mobile care is a service where healthcare and support are provided in the comfort of one’s own home. This approach is particularly beneficial for individuals managing long-term conditions, disabilities, and mobility issues.
Dyslexia is a very common learning disability in Australia, with an estimated 20% of children suffering from mild to severe dyslexia. By working with a speech pathologist for speech therapy for dyslexia, individuals gain several benefits.
Dyslexia, primarily known as a language-based disorder, significantly impacts an individual’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, honing reading strategies and skills becomes a vital part of their journey.
Speech pathologists help with the assessment and treatment of dyslexia. They are trained to access overall language skills, including those critical to reading, such a 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.’
Connect2Care’s experienced Speech Pathologists are ready to provide expert, caring assistance to unlock the full potential of every individual. Contact us today to learn more about our dyslexia therapy services and how we can support your journey towards success and confidence.
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.
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