Early Connections

The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised supports, including  an individualised Transdisciplinary Package for children with developmental delay, or permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

This means that instead of providing support based on the number of places available in a support program, the NDIS provides individualised funding so children and families can get the care and support they need, based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.

The NDIS is overseen by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Once the scheme is rolled out in your local area the NDIA planners will work with you to create an overall plan for your child’s support needs. Once you have a plan, Early Connections can help you get started.

Existing clients at Early Connections are preparing for the transition to the NDIS. This involves setting clear goals for your child and family and developing a Service Plan that outlines how Early Connections can help you work towards these goals.

The steps involved in developing this plan may include:

  • Enrolment into our Program – this may involve an assessment such as an ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) and observational assessment. Additional therapy specific assessments may be required to determine eligibility. A Service Agreement / Enrolment form will be used to gather your information and outline our service delivery options.
  • The Key Worker will work through a Routines Based Interview (RBI) with the family and sometimes child care/school staff in order to get a clearer idea of the priority areas.
  • A Service Plan is then developed from the RBI and goals are set. Families may like to include additional therapy or education streams in their Service Plan. A team is then formed around the child and the family, called the Transdisciplinary Team.  
  • If families would like to choose individualised therapies, than this can also be arranged through our Program.
  • It is advised that families should start gathering documentation such as diagnosis reports or therapy reports in preparation for the NDIS rollout in your area.
  • Families may also like to discuss their priorities and aspirations for their child with their Key Worker.

Please contact the Early Connections Program in your local area for further information on the NDIS.

Or contact NDIS directly – Ph: 1800 800 110 or at www.ndis.gov.au

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