Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult to use or control the muscles of the mouth, tongue, palate and vocal chords for speech. It is caused by brain or nerve damage to the speech muscles.
For children and young people with complex disability, their formal therapy sessions are invaluable to support them to meet their goals. However, therapy at home can provide further, vital support. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a therapist to pull this off and it doesn’t need to feel like “therapy” for your child or for your family.
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) aims to give families of children with disability more choice and control over the supports that your child receives. We take a look at the process involved from early preparation right through to plan review.
Children with complex disabilities may be vulnerable to respiratory complications such as aspiration, infections and pneumonia that impact quality of life, health and wellbeing. For these children, the monitoring and management of respiratory health is so important.
Research shows that when children with disability are given the opportunity to participate in mainstream early childhood education, they will have better educational, social and developmental outcomes later in life. We have been making this a reality for Brisbane children and families, working with them to help them understand how to request NDIS funding.
PEG stands for Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy. If your child is “PEG fed” or your health care team are talking to you about PEG feeding as an option for your child, this article will provide you with some of the basic information you’ll want to know.
The process of digesting the food that children need is complex and there are a number of reasons why this process may not be working and a child may suffer from constipation. This means that their body can’t get rid of waste as it needs to.
Feeding challenges can be extremely stressful for parents of children with disability and there is no one size fits all approach to help. It is about finding what works for your child and your family to ease the stress and help your child to get the nutrients that they need.