Looking for local support?
It can be hard to find exactly what you are looking for, and even harder when you don't even know what you are looking for in the first place.
Let's take a closer look at some of the services we have found useful over the years in the local Wollongong area.
Choose below between Therapists, Activities, Sports & Services to find some of the amazing local resources you never knew existed.
Who We Love
Therapists We Love
Finding the right therapists that fit in with your needs can be hard.
Here is a list of a few therapists that we love working with, and our kids do too!
Sports & Social Groups
Getting involved with sports and social activities can be a great way to introduce your child to new social experiences and build new skills in the process. Find out some of out favourite local activities below.
It doens't take long before parents and carers of children with additional needs find out how expensive therapy can be.
Here is a list of the different funding options available to you.
Have you ever struggled to get your child's hair cut or teeth checked without a whole lot of tears?
It can be difficult to find services where staff understand the additional needs of some children. Find out who we love when it comes to getting the basics covered below.
Therapists we love.
It's all about finding the right fit for your family and your child.
As parents ourselves, we thought it might give you a head start to know some of the services we have used over the years. If you are or know of services that may benefit our Community, feel free to let us know.
If you are looking for a team of psychologists with a variety of specialties, check out the following organisations;
Brave Psychology in Wollongong
Family Services Australia in Shellharbour
All in Psychology in Wollongong
We have a number of fabulous OT's in Wollongong, here are just a few;
Unique Kids Clinic in Wollongong
Sense Therapies in Fairy Meadow /Bulli
IOTAH in Wollongong
We have come across some fabulous speech therapists that we have worked alongside
Let's Talk Speech In Wollongong
Fusion Speech in Wollongong
The Speech Spot in Dapto
North Wollongong Physiotherapy have a great team of supportive adult and paediatric therapists
Sports & Social
Getting Out & About
Finding the right activities for children can be difficult. We have come across so many great options over the years but have included our favourites below for you.
If you think your child might enjoy learning all the skills of Rugby with the help of occupational therapists in a non-competitive environment, contact Sense Rugby and Sense Therapies to learn more about their Programmes on offer.
Real Life Assistants
Real Life Assistants is a registered NDIS provider that provides support to NDIS participants in the Illawarra and South Coast Regions. Their primary purpose is helping people with disabilities receive what they need to live their best life
It's one thing to figure out everything you need for your child, it's a whole different journey figuring out how to afford it. Below is a list of a few financial support options you might want to look into.
NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
The first stop on your list might want to be the NDIS. Because it can take a while to be put into place (if you are eligible), start the process early. As in, as soon as you have your diagnostic reports. Get the tissues ready, it can be a gut-wrenching process but well worth it on the other side.
Shuttling our children to non-stop, weekly therapy appointments can make it hard to keep up with life as usual. Check with Centrelink to see if you qualify for the Carer's Payment.
Mental Health Care Plan
Speak to your doctor about a mental health care plan which gives you ten sessions with a mental health provider (like a psychologist) through medicare.
Enhanced Primary Care Plan
An Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) is a referral that is written by your GP which provides eligible patients with Medicare-subsidised allied health appointments
Register for the Active Kids Vouchers
Take advantage of government incentives like the Active Kids Vouchers that allow you $100 each child to help offset the cost of sports and activities
Register for the Creative Kids Voucher
Take advantage of government incentives like the Creative Kids Voucher that allow you $100 each child, once a year to help offset the cost of creative activities. These can often be used with anything from art programs to yoga sessions!
Getting The Basics Covered.
Sometimes it is the littlest things that are the hardest. Getting a hair cut of a dental checkup might be simple for some, but for children with additional needs, these basic activities can be a nightmare. Below are a some services with staff that understand.
Illawarra Paediatric Dentistry
Does your child have a meltdown when visiting the dentist? All of the sounds and the unusual feeling of someone touching your teeth can be enough to send many into a meltdown. We love the team at Illawarra Paediatric Dentistry. With an inviting waiting room, on-time appointments and wonderful communication with children, it's hard to go wrong. The balloon animals at the end of your appointment are a bonus!