Source Kids Melbourne Wrap Up

With 150+ disability product and service providers exhibiting, speakers, sensory/activity zones and performers, there was something for everyone at the Source Kids Disability Expo in Melbourne.

Our team of Janelle, Kavitha, Jordane, Genevieve, and Ben had a great time meeting and engaging with families, new and existing participants and support coordinators in the lively and welcoming atmosphere at the MCEC. Our booth was a huge hit with the kids who needed a distraction from the hustle and bustle of the expo and have a bit of fun building and playing games. The team connected with the wonderful people who visited us at the booth and showcased what we have to offer in Victoria, with particular interest in our Occupational Therapy and Psychology services, which both have immediate capacity in Victoria.

 

We had a great time engaging people face-to-face again in LiveBig’s first in-person expo of the year. It was a great chance to understand how we can support the community and see first-hand the impact our knowledge and expertise has on people’s lives with the work we do. Our LiveBig team came away more motivated than ever to make a huge difference in the lives of the children and young adults we work with.

Thank you to Source Kids for another great expo!

If you’re interested in learning about LiveBig and the services we offer, contact us today. 

Finding activities for kids with disabilities

What activities are right for your child with disability?

Having a disability doesn’t mean your child should miss out on fun activities. Activities like dance, sports or learning a musical instrument are building blocks that can set children up to succeed. The difficulty is finding something your child is both interested in and can sustainably enjoy, whether they have a disability or not.

There are many more factors to consider when choosing an activity if your child has a disability. For example, many children with autism dislike loud noises. Knowing this, group sports like soccer with lots of shouting and whistles might not be suitable for them. If they’re still interested in sports, you could consider rock climbing or tennis that have much less background noise and more space, so they’re more likely to enjoy themselves.

Finding the right activity will involve trial and error. Here are some other tips to help you in your search for the right activity.

Ask your child what they want to do

Asking your child what they’re interested in is a great way to get them engaged in the activity from the beginning. Giving your child options for activities they can choose from involves them in the decision-making process. You may need to try a few different types of activities to get a sense of what they like doing.

Consider your child’s strengths and abilities

Along with asking them what they’d to do, consider your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Consider what they’re good at and what might not be suitable due to their disability. They’re likely to get frustrated if they’re not able to do the activity, so this is important! You might even want to enrol your child for a few classes to start off with to see if they enjoy it.

Look into programs designed for kids with disability

Depending on your location and your child, programs specifically designed for kids with disabilities are available and might be the best option for your child. These programs often have staff trained in care for children with disabilities and include a safe environment where your child can be themselves.

Speak with the organisers

Check with the activity organisers to find out what it involves, and how it could be modified to suit your child. Is it an inclusive environment? Do the instructors/teachers have experience or training with children with disabilities? Again, you can negotiate enrolling in a few classes to start off with to see if your child enjoys it.

Speak with your child

Speaking with your child about what they’re going to be doing and showing them pictures or videos about what their new activity looks like can help take away some mystery. Explaining where they are going, who will be there and what’s going to happen is helpful for any child starting something new, especially for children with disability who are used to being in familiar environments.

Give yourself plenty of time to get there

When you’re caring for a child with disability, things can sometimes take longer to do. This is especially true for bigger activities that you may need different clothes or equipment for. Allow extra time to get to your activity, especially if it’s one of your first sessions.

Start small

It’s normal for parents of children with disability to be unsure about the idea of adding something new into their routine. It can be daunting for children in unfamiliar environments, especially if your child has a disability and are used to their daily routine. Start with one class and see how it goes. You can then add it into their schedule once they get used to it. By starting small, anxiety for parent and child can decrease, making for a more enjoyable experience overall.

What are therapy and assessment services?

What are therapy services?

Therapy services are sessions conducted by health care professionals that assist people in the management of their disability, or recovery from injury or illness.

Types of therapy that LiveBig offer include occupational therapy, speech pathology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy and psychology.

How do I enquire about a therapy service with LiveBig?

To enquire about a therapy service, you can find details in our service finder tool. Simply enter your postcode to check we currently have a therapist able to service in that area. You can then choose to contact us to get started.

What are assessment services?

Assessment services are conducted by a healthcare professional to establish what sorts of therapy services a person may require. If you’re not currently on an NDIS plan, are about to have a plan review or your condition has changed, you may need to book in an assessment before you can access therapy services through the NDIS.

You can book in a LiveBig specialist who will do an assessment of your needs. We want everyone to be able to get the support they need.

How do assessments work?

Our assessments are comprehensive and work to discover what level of therapy our clients require.

Once we receive a referral, one of our qualified specialists will visit your home to help determine the level of support you require. We can then tell you what support our specialists can provide you.

Did you know?

LiveBig healthcare specialists will come to you at home or in another community setting to conduct both assessments and therapy services.

What’s the difference between therapy services and assessment services?

Assessment services are used to establish which therapy services someone could benefit from. Therapy services are the planned, ongoing appointments to support you or your family member with a disability live the best life possible.

What sort of therapy and assessment services do LiveBig offer?

Our health specialists such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and psychologist work with each client to achieve their individual goals. Find out more about each specialty on our services page.

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