Communication is an essential part of life, and for children with disabilities, it plays a pivotal role in their development and learning. Early intervention and support for communication are crucial, as research shows that introducing communication aids in a child’s environment at an early age can significantly impact their language and literacy development. A wide range of Assistive Technology supports are available under the NDIS to help children with their communication needs. Eligible children with disabilities can access these supports through their NDIS plan as well as mainstream and community resources. Children may require different Assistive Technology communication tools as they grow and develop, so it’s essential to stay informed about the options.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the umbrella term used to describe the assistive technology supports available under the NDIS for enhancing the communication of children with disabilities. AAC support may vary from low-technology communication supports like photographs, eye-gaze boards and symbols to high-technology options like computers with communication software and speech-generating devices. AAC interventions are extremely helpful for enhancing the communication skills of children with developmental disabilities. Assistive Technology supports are also designed for children who are blind or have low vision to help them engage with the world. This may include optical reading aids, braille devices and much more. Parents can reach out to the NDIS planner or Early Childhood Partner of their children to understand the communication supports available under the NDIS.
Connecting with registered NDIS service providers such as a Classy Life can help you stay informed about the range of AT supports available and work with a team of professionals to provide the best possible environment for your child’s communication development. Early intervention and a family-centred approach are crucial to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to communicate and build meaningful relationships. Contact us today to access communication supports that are tailored to the specific needs of your child.