Are you thinking about trying to access NDIS speech therapy but you’re not sure where to begin? The national disability insurance scheme is a great way to access different therapies, but it can be confusing to work out how to get access to different therapy options when you’re first starting out with the scheme. For many people NDIS speech therapy can be life-changing and can help them to reach different goals, so how do you navigate the system to ensure you have access to it? There are many different categories and funding types so it can be complicated to figure out how to access it. Read on below if you want more information about accessing NDIS speech therapy and how the scheme works. Following these tips can help you to make the most of the funding that is available in the program.
What is covered by the national disability insurance scheme?
The national disability insurance scheme is a great way for many different people with disabilities to access therapy options, but it can be complex to try and navigate and it’s not uncommon for participants to have a hard time knowing what they can and can’t get access to. Whether or not you can access NDIS speech therapy depends on your disability and how it aligns to your goals and needs. Getting access to specific kinds of treatment is reliant on what is seen to be fair and reasonable for your condition. If you can show that NDIS speech therapy will help you and that it is relevant to the goals, you would like to achieve then it can usually be funded. There are a few different categories of funding. They may look at whether or not NDIS speech therapy will help to improve your daily life for instance. The rates charged can vary. They may also consider whether or not the treatment can help you to build and maintain relationships although this is most often used to fund behavioural therapists, psychologist and psychiatrists. Another funding option is for treatments that help you improve your health and mobility. NDIS speech therapy will usually be funded through ‘improvements to daily life’.
How do I get it approved?
The easiest way is typically to speak to your planner about it during your planning meeting or annual review. To have the funding approved you’ll need to show that it relates to your goals and will be of benefit to you. Testimonials from your carers may be required. If you don’t have a meeting scheduled for quite some time you can request one, although this usually takes a while. Be patient and use any time to build your case and show supporting evidence as to why NDIS speech therapy will be beneficial to you and suit your needs.
Other things to consider
When dealing with providers make sure you are clear about what category your funding comes under and the payments will have processing issues if they aren’t invoiced under the correct category. If you think certain therapies would be helpful for your needs and goals, don’t be shy in speaking to your service provider about it as this is the easiest way to find out what will and will not be covered. They can give you advice and help you to come up with a plan that helps you meet your goals. It is a fantastic scheme that provides great opportunities for people with disabilities, but it can take time and patience to get access to therapies. Speak to your planner to find options that work for you.