Therapy reports are helpful ways of providing evidence to the NDIA about the supports that are working and how they are working for your child.
They are critical in ensuring the NDIS can determine whether a child is eligible for the NDIS funded supports.
The more these reports make sense to you, the more likely they will make sense to NDIS planners.
The therapy reports should include recommendations over a 12-month period that are:
- Make Sense to everyone- Therapy reports should be easy to read, make sense to anyone who picks them up and most of all be meaningful and reflect the skills, strengths and areas that need further development for your child.
- Outcome & Goal Orientated- Have a clear link between the need of your child, the goals linked to this need and the outcomes achieved/working toward which includes their social & community participation.
- Easy English - How does the diagnosis/delay impacts on your child’s day including relationships, movement, engagement, routines, community participation and learning?
- Evidence Based - The formal support that is required has an evidence base around how the therapy can achieve outcomes, including the evidence of it working for you if you are currently accessing it and the evidence through professional standards.
- Hours of Support to achieve outcome - There is a detailed breakdown of how the service will be delivered and how many sessions/hours this will take to achieve the goal stated.
- Reasonable & Necessary - The report should contain information on how the therapy is value for money. For example, how the investments in supports now will likely decrease the need for supports later as the child develops.