At Everyday Independence, we understand the importance of goals and outcomes, but also know it is the daily habits and routines that enable us to get everyday things done and enjoy life.

Habit Coaches help with just that. As a supportive member of your therapy team, they work with you and your support network to help you to practice the new skills you have learnt during your therapy sessions. This includes occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, early childhood intervention and positive behaviour support.

Habit Coaches will help you to build your confidence to make changes to your everyday habits and routines so you can achieve your daily goals, live with greater independence, and participate more in everyday life.

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Meet Alice

13-year-old Alice has just started high school. Her goal is to catch the bus to school by herself and be on time. Alice’s therapist has developed a therapy plan to support her and has suggested a Habit Coach to provide extra support.

  • Alice’s therapist introduces her to a Habit Coach and they build some rapport, discussing Alice’s goals and interests.
  • The Habit Coach visits Alice between therapy sessions, so she has support with developing her skills. This includes going to Alice’s home in the morning to help her follow her new routine, so she knows what to do, when, and in what order. This might include supporting her to build her skills and confidence so she can shower independently, eat breakfast, get dressed and pack her bag for the day.
  • The Habit Coach also helps Alice to manage her time, read the bus timetable, and help her to know which stop she needs to get on and off the bus. They practice this routine together.

Habit Coach FAQs

Habit Coaches can help make your funding go further by providing bursts of support in between therapy sessions.

They support people of all ages to achieve their occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy goals.

They come to you – where you live, work, learn or play – to help you practice daily habits in your everyday environment. This could include preparing meals, organising your day, or catching public transport.

Habit Coaches are classified as Capacity Building supports and provide services at the level 2 therapy assistant rate of $86.79 per hour.

Our Habit Coaches are passionate, empathetic people who have a shared purpose of wanting to help people reach their full potential. They work under the direct supervision of your therapist.

They’re either people with a Certificate III or IV in Allied Health Assistance (or similar), graduates with a degree in health, disability or a related field, or tertiary students studying a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field (in Years 2, 3, or 4).

Sessions can vary in duration and frequency. With a minimum of a 3-hour session (including travel), your sessions will be scheduled from between five weeks to 20 weeks to support you to achieve your therapy goals.

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