Everything you need to know about therapeutic supports

Everything you need to know about therapeutic supports

One of the goals of NDIS funding is to make participants more independent by freeing up their time through the many supports it provides. Of these supports, therapeutic supports are one of the most important ones out there.

Therapeutic supports cover a range of therapies with the aim of improving functional skills and independence. These supports can assist with daily activities like personal care, getting around, socialising and communicating with others, building relationships, and proactively participating in the community

This blog discusses what NDIS therapeutic supports are, their types, and how an NDIS support coordinator can help you out with them.

What are NDIS therapeutic supports?

Therapeutic supports aim to improve independence, mobility, personal care, interactions, and community participation. Most of these supports are covered under the Capacity Building Supports budget. This part of the funding has opened the door for participants to access different therapies.

Here are some examples of therapeutic supports.

  • Support by a nurse for complex care needs
  • Counselling for personal development and emotional support
  • Assistance for community engagement
  • Assessment of therapy by psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or qualified health professionals
  • Assessment required to determine assistive technology requirements
  • Advice from a professional regarding exercise to manage the effect of disability
  • Consultation for a diet plan with a dietitian
  • Counselling for employment opportunities

All therapeutic supports must be delivered by a qualified professional. NDIS also has provided a maximum price for all the categories. If you choose a therapist that charges more than the price stipulated by NDIS, you will have to pay for the difference yourself. These price caps are typically reviewed every year.

What are the types of therapeutic supports?

Therapeutic supports typically include three categories under the Capacity Building Supports budget. Capacity Building Supports are available to help you develop skills and independence. These categories are as follows.

  • Improved daily living:Most therapeutic supports are funded under this category. It covers the support you require from therapists to be more independent, improve confidence and interaction, and be a part of the community.
  • Improved health and well-being:This includes the support you require from dietitians and personal trainers to improve and manage your health.
  • Improved relationships:This provides funding for developing social skills. It also includes funding for behavioural interventions.

Let us take some examples to understand how different supports can benefit you.

Exercise physiology

NDIS funds support for exercise physiologists to improve mobility. It can also help with the following:

  • Improve coordination and dexterity
  • Improve balance and fitness
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase endurance
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Work on emotional health to improve quality of life.

Occupational therapy

An occupational therapist can help you develop the following:

  • Build functional skills
  • Help with daily activities

Speech therapy

A speech therapist can assist you in the following areas:

  • Assist with swallowing
  • Help in communication


Physiotherapy support can benefit you with the following:

  • Motor development training
  • Manage pain through therapy
  • Assistive technology support assessment
  • Balance and mobility assessments

Dietitian consultants

Consulting with a dietitian can help you with these things:

  • Developing a diet plan to reach a healthy weight
  • Develop mindful eating habits
  • Advice for picky eating

Who can provide therapeutic supports?

Therapeutic support must be provided by qualified professionals only. It includes psychologists, speech therapists, dietitians, nurses, etc. For example, a dietitian is qualified to provide a healthy and balanced diet plan. A qualified physiotherapist can help with motor development training.

How does it work?

While the process differs for different people, typically, participants will need a consultation to determine their needs and goals. It helps understand what kind of support they require and how it can improve their life. The entire process may take several meetings. According to the consultation, a plan is created to help you get the most out of your therapeutic support.

Once this is done and your funding is approved, you can seek qualified support providers. There is also the possibility of you not receiving funding for therapeutic supports in your current plan. In this case, reach out to your provider to discuss the next step.

Who is an NDIS support coordinator?

To get the best out of your supports, you can get an NDIS support coordinator to help you out. They will work with you to understand your goals, connect you with providers, and coordinate your supports. NDIS provides three levels of support coordination: support connection, support coordination, and specialist support coordination.

  • Support connection: Support connection primarily supports a participant in developing their confidence to manage their plan on their own. Participants understand their plan better and connect with providers and communities to get the best out of their NDIS plan.
  • Support coordination: Support coordination helps develop an ideal mix of different supports to improve a participant’s independence and relationships.
  • Specialist support coordination: Specialist support coordination helps reduce complexities that may be present in a participant’s support environment. It happens by defining how support coordination is given and what levels receive funding.

Your NDIS support coordinator will provide support in line with the levels above. In the case of specialist support coordination, a specialist support coordinator is assigned who will give you consistent assistance. You can get a registered or unregistered support coordinator since all of them are required to comply with the NDIS Code of Conduct.

It is crucial to know that many therapists and companies charge more than the NDIS price limit. One of the many benefits of having an NDIS support coordinator is that they can assist you by ensuring you make the most of your funding while finding the right professionals.

NDIS provides funding based on your reasonable and essential needs. A support coordinator can be accommodating in determining your needs and planning your supports. Since NDIS funding can be confusing and complicated, you can get NDIS plan management services. Most plan management services understand your interests and work closely with you to achieve the goals you set out for yourself. They also provide support coordinators at all levels to help you with better support planning.

If you have any questions about NDIS plan management, please call us at 1800 63 63 77 or email us at info@ndsp.com.au. Register for Plan Management Sign Uptoday!


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