Everyday Independence is a NDIS therapy service provider with over 25 years’ experience in supporting people achieve more positive life change. They offer occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, early childhood supports, positive behaviour support and habit coaching.
About Everyday Independence
Everyday Independence delivers therapy using a team-based, community approach. This means they come to you where you live, work, learn and play as it’s the best way to build your skills, and change community attitudes that may be holding you back.
They can help you understand why a team of practitioners with diverse training and life perspectives is best equipped to help you achieve positive life change.
The best way to maximise your NDIS budget is to measure and regularly review your progress in four areas: independence, participation, wellbeing and supports.
Everyday Independence will help you accelerate your outcomes with cost-effective habit coaching to practice your new routines and skills between therapy sessions.
Early Childhood – up to 7 years
The early years are critical for children’s development. Those diagnosed with autism, delayed in developing language or other skills, struggling to engage with peers or participate physically benefit from support to develop independence, greater participation and a sense of wellbeing.
Being able to play with other kids, becoming more independently active or being better able to express needs at childcare are typical outcomes parents seek for their young children.
Key workers at Everyday Independence who are experienced professionals in early childhood development help parents and other caregivers understand their child’s unique needs and what’s possible with the right supports. They deliver most of your early childhood support including coordinating the services of the broader therapy team which may include occupational and physiotherapists, speech pathologists, positive behaviour support practitioners and habit coaches.
Therapy support for young children may focus on:
- Self-care skills such as getting dressed, feeding themselves, toileting
- Teaching how to interact with others and make friends
- Developing communication skills
- Prescribing assistive technology and equipment to make everyday tasks easier
- Access to group programs for parents and for children
Children – 7 years and older
Primary school-aged children with a disability or illness can struggle with school, family and community life. They may need to learn new skills and how to engage with others or assistance to overcome physical and social barriers. Everyday Independence provides whatever therapeutic support is required to build children’s everyday independence, participation in everyday community life, and wellbeing.
Sometimes group sessions are the best way to socially interact with peers and practise social skills. Group sessions can also enable parents and teachers to learn proven strategies that help equip them to create positive change in children’s lives.
Therapy support for children may focus on:
- Getting themselves ready for school
- Developing hobbies or interests
- Coping with challenging situations that spark strong emotions
- Making the most of learning opportunities and making friends at school
- Prescribing assistive technology that enables them to learn or participate
- Lego Social Skills and Building Connections group programs.
Teenagers – 12 to 18 years
Transitioning through adolescence and facing the move away from parents and school is a period when people living with disability need all kinds of support to become more independent, participate in more everyday activities with their peers, and feel more positive about their lives.
Key transitions that often trigger the need for this support include the move from primary to secondary school, from high school to further study, finding a job, or moving out of the home.
Working alongside teenagers at home, in the community or in structured social settings, Everyday Independence provides whatever therapeutic support is needed to create positive change for the rest of their lives.
Therapy support for teenagers may focus on:
- Building resilience and independence
- Developing hobbies and interests
- Being fit and healthy
- Developing and maintaining friendships
- Working and studying with a disability
- Assistive technology and modified environments
- Transitioning to work
- Living independently.
Adults – Through all life stages
Adults aged up to 65 with a disability require support to independently manage everyday activities, participate actively in community life and experience positive wellbeing. Whether affected by illness, injury or a life-long condition, supporting adults to be safe, included, and meaningfully engaged are key to realising positive life outcomes.
Moving into a new home or job, staying fit and healthy, finding meaningful and rewarding ways to spend their time, or managing behaviour to avoid restrictive responses and damaged relationships can be supported. Everyday Independence enables adults to do things that are meaningful to them, make their own positive life choices, and find social places where they feel respected and included.
“Hayley has been amazing and super helpful. She has been able to transition our autistic child into a special school and really taken the stress out of parenting a special needs child. Recommended to anyone seeking help on their journey.” – Kirsty Ryan
”Very supportive and attuned to my son’s needs to help, encourage and educate by building up his skills.” – Dee Raphael
“Everyday Independence were so supportive helping my family through a difficult time while transitioning my disabled sister into suitable accommodation. I would highly recommend their services.” – Caroline Booth
Frequently asked questions
How will the Key Worker Model (for children up to seven years of age) benefit my child and family? Everyday Independence’s key worker model provides one single point of contact for all of your child’s services with them. Your key worker gets to know you and your child, provides tailored strategies and services to meet your needs and is always mindful of your child and family’s wellbeing. This ensures that your supports are modified and changed as your child’s needs change.
Who are Early Childhood Key Workers? Everyday Independence’s key workers are dedicated to helping children with disabilities and their families achieve their desired outcomes. Key workers are teachers or allied health professionals with experience in early childhood development and can be trained as:
- Early childhood teachers
- Occupational therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Social workers
What’s an Early Childhood Child and Family Support Plan? If your child and family is receiving early childhood supports, a key worker will develop a Child and Family Support Plan. This plan outlines the specific strategies and supports your family needs to achieve your outcomes. Your key worker will review your Child and Family Support plan together with you each year and adjust the goals and strategies as needed.
What’s their commitment to child safety? At Everyday Independence, they’re committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of children. They believe all children, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from harm, risk of harm neglect and abuse.
They’ve embedded their commitment to keeping children safe into the way they deliver their services and their culture.
Do they provide Functional Capacity Assessments? Yes, Everyday Independence can provide you with a functional capacity assessment (FCA). FCAs are conducted by occupational therapists. The report describes and rates a person’s level of participation and support needs across life tasks and the factors in the person’s social and physical environment that can enhance everyday functioning. The report can also include information about funding support required to enable goal achievement. Everyday Independence can also provide home and living and specialised disability housing assessments.
Do they assess people’s eligibility to enter the NDIS? No, Everyday Independence does not provide assessments or reports to support people’s eligibility to enter the NDIS.
Do they provide services to private customers? Everyday Independence accepts referrals for privately paying customers/participants who want to work with a team of therapists (minimum two disciplines) and a habit coach to practise routines and skills development between therapy sessions. If you are seeking a single therapy service such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology or positive behaviour support, Everyday Independence is happy to take your request for service and will do their best to accommodate based on practitioner availability in your area. Note: The private rate is the same as the NDIS rate.
To find out more, please visit the Everyday Independence website.