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Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

31 March 2024

Unlocking Support: Navigating the NDIS with SLCN! Embarking on the journey of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be overwhelming, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Join Supporting Learning for Children with Needs (SLCN) as your trusted guide through the complexities of the NDIS. Expert Guidance: Our experienced team understands the intricacies of the NDIS and is here to provide expert guidance every step of the way. From initial assessments to developing individualized support plans, we're dedicated to ensuring that you access the support you need. Tailored Support Plans: At SLCN, we believe in personalized support tailored to your child's unique needs. Our team works closely with you to develop support plans that align with your child's goals, preferences, and aspirations, ensuring that they receive the best possible care. Advocacy and Support: Navigating the NDIS can sometimes feel like a maze, but with SLCN by your side, you'll have a dedicated advocate advocating for your child's needs. We're here to provide support, answer your questions, and ensure that you feel empowered throughout the process. Start Your Journey: Contact SLCN today to begin your journey of navigating the NDIS with confidence and ease. Together, let's unlock the support your child deserves to thrive and succeed!

Our Values

Discover SLCN: Where Every Child's Potential Is Our Priority

At SLCN, our mission is clear: to build a world-leading childhood interdisciplinary therapy service. We're dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to children and adolescents facing speech and behavior challenges, empowering them to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Our purpose is simple yet profound: supporting learning, development, and functional capacity for children with needs in partnership with their families. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we're here to make that happen.

Our values guide everything we do at SLCN:

We Value People: Participants and families are at the heart of everything we do. We prioritize their needs, preferences, and goals, ensuring that our services are always personalized and compassionate.

We Grow Together: Collaboration is key to delivering quality outcomes. We believe in working together, both internally as a team and externally with our clients and their families, to achieve the best possible results.

We Aim Higher: Resilience and courage drive us forward. We constantly strive to do better, challenging ourselves to innovate, improve, and exceed expectations in everything we d

We Take Care: Integrity and accountability are at the core of our values. We take ownership of our actions, always doing what's right for our clients and upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct.

At SLCN, we're committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families. Join us on our journey to unlock every child's potential and create a brighter future for all.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is a transformative scheme designed to revolutionize the way support and services are provided to people with disabilities across Australia. Its primary purpose is to empower individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling and independent lives by providing them with the necessary support and resources tailored to their unique needs. Through the NDIS, individuals can access a wide range of services, including therapy, equipment, and personal support, to help them achieve their goals and participate fully in their communities. At its core, the NDIS aims to promote choice, control, and flexibility for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to exercise autonomy over their lives and make decisions that best suit their individual circumstances. By providing funding directly to individuals, the NDIS shifts the focus from a one-size-fits-all approach to a person-centered model, where support is personalized and responsive to each individual's needs and aspirations. Through this innovative approach, the NDIS seeks to create a more inclusive and equitable society where people with disabilities can thrive and contribute meaningfully.

Expert Guidance

At SLCN, we understand the complexities families face when navigating the NDIS. Our role is to provide expert guidance and support every step of the way. From initial assessments to developing individualized support plans, our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring that families understand the NDIS process and can access the support their child needs. We recognize that every family's journey is unique, and we tailor our guidance to meet the specific needs and goals of each family. Our team at SLCN consists of compassionate professionals with extensive experience in supporting families through the NDIS process. We understand the challenges families may encounter and are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable support to alleviate any concerns. Whether it's explaining eligibility criteria, navigating funding options, or advocating for additional support, our team is here to empower families to make informed decisions and access the resources their child needs to thrive. With SLCN by your side, you can navigate the NDIS with confidence and peace of mind.

Therapy Planning

At SLCN, we believe in the power of thorough assessments to guide the therapy planning process effectively. Our team conducts comprehensive assessments to help determine each individual's eligibility for support through the NDIS and to identify their specific support needs. These assessments involve evaluating various aspects of the child's development, including speech and language skills, motor abilities, cognition, and social-emotional functioning. By gaining a deep understanding of the child's strengths, challenges, and goals, we can develop tailored support plans that address their unique needs. Once the assessments are completed, SLCN engages in a meticulous planning process to develop individualized support plans. This process involves collaborating closely with the child and their family to identify specific therapy goals and objectives. Our team considers factors such as the child's interests, preferences, and aspirations, as well as any existing support networks or resources available. With input from the child, their family, and other relevant stakeholders, we create comprehensive support plans that outline the therapy services and interventions needed to help the child achieve their goals. Through this collaborative and person-centered approach, we ensure that each child receives the support they need to thrive and succeed.

Therapeutic Services

At SLCN, we offer a wide range of therapeutic services designed to address the diverse needs of children with developmental challenges. Our services encompass various disciplines, including speech therapy and behavioural therapy, to support children in reaching their full potential. Speech therapy focuses on improving communication skills, including language development, articulation, fluency, and social communication. Our experienced speech therapists utilize evidence-based techniques and personalized interventions to help children overcome speech and language difficulties and enhance their communication abilities. Additionally, our behavioural therapy services aim to address challenging behaviours and promote positive behavioural change. Our skilled therapists work closely with children and their families to develop strategies and interventions that foster self-regulation, social skills, and emotional well-being. These therapeutic services provided by SLCN are aligned with NDIS funding and support plans, ensuring that children can access the services they need to thrive. The NDIS recognizes the importance of therapeutic interventions in supporting individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals and participate fully in their communities. Speech therapy and behavioural therapy are considered eligible supports under the NDIS, and funding can be allocated to cover the costs of these services. Our team at SLCN is experienced in navigating the NDIS funding process and can assist families in accessing the necessary funding to cover the cost of therapeutic services. By aligning our services with NDIS funding and support plans, we ensure that children with developmental challenges can access high-quality therapeutic interventions that support their growth and development.

Optimizing Support

Optimizing support through the NDIS involves strategic planning and careful management of funding allocations to ensure access to the most appropriate services and support for individuals with disabilities. One key strategy is to thoroughly understand the NDIS funding categories and guidelines to identify eligible supports that align with the individual's needs and goals. By working closely with NDIS planners and service providers, individuals and their families can navigate the funding process effectively and advocate for the inclusion of necessary services in their support plans. Additionally, exploring alternative funding options, such as support coordination or flexible funding arrangements, can help maximize available resources and expand access to a broader range of services. Effective budgeting and management of NDIS funding allocations are essential for ensuring the long-term sustainability of support plans and meeting evolving needs over time. Individuals and their families can benefit from creating detailed budgets that outline projected expenses for each support category and prioritize essential services based on the individual's goals and priorities. Regular monitoring and review of expenditure against budgeted allocations can help identify areas where adjustments may be needed to optimize funding utilization and ensure that funding is allocated efficiently and effectively. By implementing proactive budgeting strategies and leveraging available resources, individuals with disabilities can optimize their NDIS funding to access the support and services needed to enhance their quality of life and achieve their goals.


Advocacy plays a crucial role in navigating the complex NDIS system, as it empowers individuals and their families to assert their rights and access the support they need effectively. Understanding the intricacies of the NDIS and navigating its processes can be daunting for many families, particularly those with children with disabilities. Advocacy ensures that individuals and families are informed about their entitlements under the NDIS and equipped with the knowledge and resources to navigate the system confidently. By advocating for their rights and needs, individuals and families can ensure that their voices are heard and that they receive fair and equitable access to services and support. At SLCN, we recognize the importance of advocacy in supporting families of children with developmental challenges. Our advocacy services are designed to empower families to navigate the NDIS system effectively and advocate for their child's needs. We provide guidance and support to families in understanding their rights under the NDIS, navigating the planning process, and effectively communicating their child's support needs to NDIS planners and service providers. By equipping families with the knowledge and skills to advocate for their child, we ensure that they can access the support and services necessary to help their child thrive and reach their full potential.


Don't let speech or behaviour difficulties hold your child back. Contact SLCN today and let's work together to support your child's learning and development. Thanks for watching and we hope to see you and your child soon!