Therapy Blog: Supporting communication with PODD

You may have heard of the term “PODD”. Perhaps from your child’s Speech Pathologist, online or from other parents of kids with complex communication needs. What exactly is PODD and how can it support your child’s communication?

Choosing Plan Management

Plan Management is one of the three ways that you can choose to manage your NDIS funds. While participants choose Plan Management for many different reasons based on their individual and/or family circumstances, this option can have multiple benefits.

Nursing Support Update

At Xavier, we are one of the few disability providers in Brisbane that have nursing services available to help you care for your child’s health related needs. We provide training, support and monitoring of Xavier Support Workers. With the recent NDIS update, this support can now be funded through your child’s plan. 

Therapy Blog: Establishing routines

Routines dominate most of our day from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed.  These routines (known as Activities of Daily Living) consist of tasks we know we need to complete to help our day to run smoothly and to take care of ourselves and others. Occupational Therapists use their knowledge of neuroplasticity to inform how they teach children to complete these routine daily tasks.

Caring for Cailin

Cailin’s Support Worker Kelsi, recently turned to our nursing team for advice when she became concerned about Cailin’s muscle tone. 

Therapy Blog: AAC Awareness Month

Each October international AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication or AAC and to inform the public about the ways in which AAC can support people who experience challenges with communication. In this article we explore the wonderful world of AAC. 

Therapy Blog: How sensory integration can help your child

The process of the brain organising and interpreting experiences that relate to the sensory system is called sensory integration. If a child’s sensory system works a little differently, they may experience challenges with sensory integration.

Preparing for your first NDIS plan review

Plan reviews are an important part of the NDIS because they will determine how well supports are working to help you or your child reach the goals set. As with your initial planning meeting, there are things that you can do to prepare for your plan review to help you reach the best outcome. To identify what supports and working well and where improvements can be made.