Disability Services for Teenage NDIS Participants
We are proud to provide disability services to wonderful adolescent NDIS participants.
AAYS plays an important role in helping to shape young adults and we help people achieve inspiring goals, such as:
- The ability to live independently
- Accessing the community
- Enrolling in studies and further education
- Building capacity, such as developing life skills
- Building positive relationships with friends and family
- Improving confidence
- Obtaining a driver’s licence
At AAYS, we see adolescence as a vital time for a person to build confidence and figure out their place in the world. We are here to encourage people to fulfil their short and long term goals.
Supporting Teens with Study & After School
Prior to high school, educational support is a collaborative effort between the parent, the school, and the therapists and other outside support that can encourage the child to participate as much as possible in their schooling days.
It’s important for the parents to have that ongoing relationship between the therapists and the school to encourage the incorporation of therapist recommendations into the child’s daily class. This is vital for easing the transition of primary school to high school.
Supporting Schooling Transitions
The move to high school is such a dynamic and diverse change for child NDIS participants. It can become quite challenging and overwhelming in that first 12 months of high school because there’s a lot of responsibility placed on the child as well as a dramatic increase in workload and class numbers. To ease the transition, interventions should begin from about mid-year six.
Things that can make transitioning to high school easier can be:
- Encourage the child to have a routine around schooling
- Having supports in place for the child such as extra tutoring
- Support workers attending school with the child
- Support workers assisting with homework
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
For participants that are under 18, what is required from their parents or guardians?
This depends on the participants living circumstances and existing supports available.
We look at not just the participant, but the whole family network. It’s about sustaining and supporting the informal supports as well, depending on how much or little they need because we don’t want to take away that independence of the individual person.
We like to ask a lot of questions so we become completely acquainted with the individual’s circumstance when assessing and coming on board with a support plan.
We estimate the time required would be 1 to 5 hours per month.
What happens from an when a participant turns 18 and becomes an adult?
When someone becomes an adult, there’s a new structure, whether they have a guardian or if they have someone that acts on their behalf.
Through the guardian process, we require a new level of consent forms which is processed by the NDIS.
When a child has someone acting on their behalf, or if they’re under child protection and aim to move out of this, AAYS need to make sure the correct consent forms are signed.
During this process, we acknowledge the capacity of the client to be able to make their own decisions, or if they are using a trustee, we act accordingly.
We are also mindful of the whole network, from family members to other support organisations, to help that person make the right decisions for themselves.
When I finish school, I may want to have a gap year and travel, move out or get a casual job. How can AAYS support me?
This is an individual basis that largely depends on the existing support coordination of the NDIS plan and the participant’s goals.
Please view our disability services page which describes the varying supports we offer.
We always encourage people to follow through with their short and long term goals. There may be goals that are difficult to achieve, however, we’ll do our best to help that person develop their independence and confidence.
We empower you to soar!