Paediatric Physio and NDIS Funding: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Paediatric Physio

A question our clients ask us very often is how to get funding for this paediatric physio. As parents, our goal is to provide our children with the best possible care and support, ensuring they have every opportunity to thrive despite their obstacles. When you’re a parent of a child registered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), those challenges can become even more complex. In this article we well tell you everything you need to know about paediatric physio and funding.


How is Paediatric Physio Different?

Paediatric physiotherapy, often called children’s physiotherapy, is a specialised branch of physical therapy that focuses on the unique needs of infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. It is designed to address various conditions and concerns that can affect a child’s physical development, mobility, and overall quality of life.

Our primary goal is always to optimise a child’s physical functioning, ensuring they can reach their developmental milestones and lead active, independent lives. Whether a child faces congenital issues, developmental delays, injuries, or chronic medical conditions, physiotherapists work diligently to enhance their strength, flexibility, coordination, and overall motor skills.

One of the key distinguishing features of it is its highly individualised approach. Every child is unique, with their own set of challenges and strengths. Therefore, physiotherapists tailor their treatment plans to meet each child’s needs and goals. This personalised approach considers the child’s age, diagnosis, physical abilities, and family dynamics.

Physiotherapists foster a positive and encouraging environment that helps children overcome obstacles and build essential physical skills by engaging with young patients through fun and age-appropriate activities. The emphasis is on addressing existing issues, promoting long-term physical health, and preventing future problems.

As parents, you have a crucial role in supporting your child’s journey. Working closely with the physiotherapist, actively participating in your child’s therapy sessions, and following their guidance for exercises and home care is important. By working together, you can ensure that your child receives the best possible care and the opportunity to thrive physically and emotionally.


How to Access Funding for Your Child?

NDIS has a funding option for children and paediatric physio services. ¬†This funding recognises the importance of early intervention in a child’s development. It is however not limited to children with permanent disabilities; it extends to those facing developmental delays or chronic medical conditions that affect their physical well-being.

To access the paediatric physio funding, families need to go through a structured process. Here’s a brief overview:

  1. Eligibility Assessment: The first step is determining if your child is eligible for support. Eligibility is based on various factors, including age, disability, and the impact of the disability on daily life. You can check your child’s eligibility on the website or contact them directly.
  2. Plan Development: If your child is deemed eligible, the next step is to develop a plan. This plan outlines your child’s goals and the required support. It is essential to work closely with planners to ensure that the plan accurately reflects your child’s needs and aspirations.
  3. Funding Allocation: Once the plan is approved, funding is allocated to cover the cost of it. This funding is typically provided annually and can vary depending on your child’s needs and goals.
  4. Choosing Service Providers: With funding, you can select qualified service providers. It is essential to choose professionals experienced in working with children who can tailor their services to meet your child’s unique requirements.
  5. Ongoing Assessment and Adjustments: The plan is not set in stone. It can be reviewed and adjusted as your child’s needs evolve. Regular assessments ensure that your child receives the appropriate level of support.

For more information visit the NDIS website.


Paediatric Conditions Covered by NDIS

Here are the most common conditions our physios work with.:


Children with autism often experience challenges in communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviours. Physiotherapy can benefit children with autism by addressing the physical aspects of their condition. This includes improving motor skills, coordination, and posture. Specific therapies such as sensory integration therapy and aquatic therapy are often used to engage and support children with autism.

Developmental Delays

Developmental delays can manifest in various ways, affecting a child’s motor skills, cognitive development, and communication abilities. Early identification of developmental delays is crucial and can be essential to early intervention. Physiotherapists work with children to address specific delays and help them catch up to their age-appropriate developmental milestones.

Down Syndrome

Children with Down Syndrome may face physical challenges such as low muscle tone, joint instability, and delayed motor development. Paediatric physio is tailored to address these specific challenges. Physiotherapists use exercises and interventions to improve muscle strength, balance, and coordination, enabling children with Down Syndrome to lead more active and independent lives.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and movement. Physiotherapy is instrumental in managing cerebral palsy, focusing on improving mobility, muscle tone, and posture. Techniques such as gait training, stretching exercises, and assistive devices enhance the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition primarily affecting the respiratory and digestive systems. It is vital in managing this condition by focusing on airway clearance techniques, breathing exercises, and physical conditioning. These interventions help children with cystic fibrosis maintain optimal lung function and overall health.



Advantages of Receiving Therapy at Home

Home-based physio offers several notable benefits for both children and their families. Here are some key advantages:

Comfort and Familiarity: Children are often more comfortable in their home environment. This familiarity can lead to better cooperation during therapy sessions.

Convenience: Eliminate the need for travel to a clinic or hospital, saving time and reducing stress for parents and children alike.

Personalised Attention: Home-based therapy allows for one-on-one sessions, ensuring the therapist can focus entirely on the child’s needs and progress.

Family Involvement: Parents and caregivers can actively participate in therapy sessions, learning techniques and exercises to continue at home, reinforcing the child’s progress.

Reduced Distractions: A controlled home environment can minimise distractions, helping children concentrate better during therapy.


Your child’s journey to a healthier, happier life begins here.

We invite you to explore our NDIS physiotherapy services for your child. Whether you have questions or are ready to schedule a consultation, we are here to assist you. Contact us today to take the first step towards improving your child’s physical well-being and quality of life.

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