We have a team of five therapists who are available now to support people living with disabilities in Wollongong. Our therapy services include Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Early Childhood Intervention and Positive Behaviour Support.
All services have immediate availability and more can be learned about how we deliver them here:
- Occupational Therapy
- Early Childhood Intervention
- Speech Pathology
- Positive Behaviour Support
We also welcome referrals from support coordinators and other organisations who are seeking NDIS therapy services for their clients.
Speak with a therapist to find out if we’re a good fit
We understand how important it is to find a therapy provider that’s right for you. We’re offering new clients a free, no-obligation, 30-minute chat with one of our therapists, so you can find out if our services are right for you or someone you care for.
Speak to us about your NDIS goals and learn more about our approach to delivering therapy services.
Reasons to be supported by our Wollongong team
It takes two minutes to get your therapy started
To make a referral, select from the options below that best describes you.
Our Key Workers are specifically trained therapists and professionals who are passionate about supporting children and families. They can be a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Early Childhood Teacher, or a Social Worker.
Our Key Workers know how children develop and are experienced in working with children with disabilities and developmental delays.
Your Key Worker will be your main point of contact for your family’s needs. Some families will be supported mostly by their Key Worker, while other families may have a larger therapy team that includes other therapists and medical professionals.
Your Key Worker will work closely with you to develop and implement a plan that holistically meets your child's needs so that they can participate meaningfully in everyday activities alongside their family and friends.
- linking you with services, information and people specific to the needs of your child and family
- providing therapy in the places your child spends time, such at home, preschool, and the local park
- coordinating all your ECI services, including arranging support from other therapists if needed
- helping you find opportunities in your child's everyday routine to learn and practice new skills
- building your skills and those of other important people in your child's life to meet their developmental needs.
Your Key Worker will work with you to meet your child’s specific developmental needs. This may include developing:
- Language and communication – to express their needs, wants and feelings
- Gross motor skills - developing balance and coordination to move such as crawling, walking, riding a bike, jumping
- Fine motor skills - coordinating small muscles in hands, wrists and fingers which are used for activities such as dressing, playing, feeding
- Social and emotional - recognising and managing their emotions, making positive relationships, building independence
- Everyday routines and activities – including dressing, bathing, sleeping and toileting
- Cognitive skills: building the core skills the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention
In general, children develop all their skills at once during their early years. These skills include language, movement, cognition, social skills, independence, and emotional regulation.
Everyday Independence Key Workers are experienced in working with children with disabilities and developmental delays. They will unpack your family’s individual circumstances and environments to identify relevant and necessary skills across a range of areas for your child to develop.
If your child needs additional, or intensive support from an occupational therapist, speech pathologist, or physiotherapist, they will arrange this.
A Child and Family Support plan sets out your child’s goals and how we will support your child and family to achieve those goals. Your Key Worker will develop and implement a Plan with you to ensure you have the information, skills and resources that you need to support your child to reach their full potential.
Your Key Worker will start developing your plan in your first therapy session after they get to know your child and family. The Plan will include your child’s NDIS goals, what’s happening now, what would make a difference to your child's life, and how we can support your child to achieve their goals.
Your Key Worker will review your plan with you mid way, and at the end of your NDIS plan so we can track your child’s progress and outcomes.
Under the NDIS, we will get to know your child/ren in their everyday environments, and develop a plan collaboratively with all those who support the child. This also includes reporting on the child’s progress and outcomes.
Your NDIS funding is used to cover:
- Travel costs
- Home, early childhood centre and community sessions
- Planning, documentation and reporting
- Communication and information sharing between your child’s team members
- Resources that support achievement of outcomes
Behaviour Support services should be considered if someone you care for uses challenging behaviours. These are behaviours that are unexpected and may lead to others around the person feeling frustrated, distressed or fearful.
This can look like the person damaging things around them, behaving in ways that are viewed by others as socially inappropriate, hurting themselves or others.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a person-centred therapy approach where we work alongside the person who uses challenging behaviours and their supports to understand what triggers their behaviours, so that the best plan can developed to help them. The plan will outline recommendations that will ultimately lead to the reduction and/or elimination of those behaviours, and any associated restrictive practices.
Our promise is to help improve the quality of life of the person and those who support them. This includes developing the skills of those supports, so that the person's needs are met and they have the opportunities to make meaningful social connections and participate in the activities they enjoy.
As a registered NDIS provider, Everyday Independence follows the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission guidelines.
According to the NDIS Commission, a person must have Improved Relationships funding which can be found under the Capacity Building Supports budget in their NDIS plan, to access Behaviour Support services. This funding allows an NDIS Commission registered Behaviour Support Practitioner to develop and implement Behaviour Support Plans that can be authorised by the relevant states and territories.
Our Behaviour Support Practitioners are specially trained Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Developmental Educators who are passionate about supporting children and adults who use challenging behaviours. We think differently and approach our work with compassion and a curiosity to unpack why these behaviours occur, learn more about our Behaviour Support Therapies today!