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7 Tips for Your Child’s First NDIS Planning Meeting

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An NDIS plan describes the:

  • Funding that has been allocated in your child’s plan
  • Goals you want your child to work towards
  • Supports and services in your child’s life

As a leading NDIS provider in Melbourne, we discuss some tips for your child’s first NDIS planning meeting:

1. Make yourself familiar with the NDIS areas of support

The NDIS offers to fund support in three important areas:

  1. Capital supports:This consists of assistive technology like home modifications, wheelchairs, and communication devices.
  2. Capacity building supports:This comprises positive behaviour support strategies and therapy, which is intended to build your child’s ability to take part in the community.
  3. Core supports:This consists of continence aids.

2. Postpone the meeting if you’re not fully prepared

Be prepared, especially when the NDIS contacts you to schedule a date for your NDIS planning meeting. If you feel unprepared, ask for a later date when you think you’ll be ready.

3. Prepare, prepare, and prepare

You’ll need to write a Carer Statement and Participant Statement, and have around two long-term and three short-term goals for your child.

You’ll also need to collect evidence of your child’s disability. These are reports and letters from your child’s therapist/specialist, paediatrician, or GP.

4. Learn and understand the language

The NDIS makes use of words like NDIA Delegate, LAC (Local Area Coordinator), Capacity Building, Capacity Support, Functional Capacity, Reasonable and Necessary, etc. So, knowing and understanding this new language is important. For a full list of NDIS works and what they mean, see the NDIS glossary.

5. Use the guides and resources by NDIS

Use the NDIS participant booklets to prepare for your child’s NDIS meeting. Tons of other information is also available over the internet.

6. Don’t do this alone

If you know some people who know your child, ask for their support. Before going to the meeting, ask them to go through the evidence and information you have put together to ensure you have covered everything. If possible, go to the meeting with someone who knows your child.

7. Be kind to yourself and stay calm

Take care of yourself and try to approach the planning process with a ‘can-do,’ positive attitude. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses and be realistic about what you can do and where you may need help. Don’t get overwhelmed by the planning process.

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Whether you’re plan managed or self-managed, our disability support workers in Melbourne know how to offer the services you need.

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