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Quality Evaluation: Provide your feedback

In April, the State Government Department for Communities’ Disability Services will conduct an independent quality evaluation of Therapy Focus’ services to assess how well they meet the National Standards for Disability Services.

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Moving from the WA NDIS to the NDIS

Are you moving from the Western Australian managed National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) to the federally run scheme? If you are accessing services from Therapy Focus there will be some changes to your service agreement.  

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Shannon soldiers on and looks to the future

Not even a near-death experience can hold 14 year-old Shannon Stobie back from doing the things he wants to do in life.

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Finding their way with Support Coordination

For David and his mother Ngoc, who speak English as a second language, Support Coordination has been invaluable in terms of navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

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SOS makes feeding fun

A group of Therapy Focus clients with feeding difficulties are finding the fun in mealtimes thanks to an innovative program called the SOS Approach to Feeding.

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Behaviour support leads to positive changes

Nabila Usman has seen big changes in her son Anas and learnt how to manage his challenging behaviours since accessing support from Therapy Focus’ specialist Behaviour Support Team.

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FAQ: School Transitions

Change can be daunting, especially for children with disability going through key life transitions such as starting kindy, going primary school or moving into high school. In this blog post you’ll find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions to get you started on the right path to a smooth transition.

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Christmas closures

Therapy Focus will be closed from 3pm on Friday 21 December, 2018. Regular office hours will resume at 8am on Wednesday 2 January, 2019. For emergency equipment repairs please contact suppliers directly via information provided in this post.

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Cool Kids – Taking Control

The Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University are currently recruiting for the ‘Cool Kids – Taking Control’ National Trial. ‘Cool Kids – Taking Control’ is an online self-help program that is designed to help children (7-11 years) who have been targets of bullying and who also have high levels of anxiety.

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CP Hydro Study

Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) is undertaking a research study to see how fitness changes in youth with cerebral palsy after a 10 week pool-based physiotherapy program.

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GIVE provides wheelie great benefits

15 year-old Orion Bin Tahal is getting his daily exercise whilst enjoying opportunities to interact with neighbours and friends thanks to a bike funded through Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program.

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CEO Matt Burrows steps down

After seven years at the helm of Therapy Focus, Matt Burrows will step down as CEO in order to return to Broome – the place that he and his family call home.

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Summer School Holiday groups & programs

Looking for something to do this school holidays? Look no further! Our therapy teams are hosting a number of therapy groups and programs for children and teenagers, as well as parents and carers.

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Thumbs up for Key Word Sign workshop

A group of parents, carers and educators learnt the basics of Key Word Sign at a workshop hosted by qualified Therapy Focus therapists earlier this month.

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Volunteer and help spread Christmas cheer!

Sunny’s Helpers will be wrapping gifts at Westfield Carousel and Innaloo shopping centres this festive season to raise funds for Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program – and they need your help!

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NS Projects give the gift of the great outdoors

On Saturday 27 October, a team of volunteers from project management company NS Projects conducted a ‘Backyard Blitz’ style garden renovation for 18 year-old Lisa Harris and her family.

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Quality of Life for Adults with Autism

Curtin University PhD student Rebecca Kuzminski is looking for adults aged 18-50 years with autism to take part in a 40-60 minute interview about their quality of life.

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Help design our Christmas card!

People accessing Therapy Focus services are invited to create a fun and festive design to feature on the front of our 2018 Christmas card.

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What does an occupational therapist do?

Therapy Focus Advanced Occupational Therapist Deanne Coleman explains the role of an occupational therapist, including the types of supports they can provide to help people become more independent.

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Customer survey: We hear you!

Every two years Therapy Focus invites people accessing our services to provide feedback by completing a survey. The most recent survey was completed in July 2018 and results show that Therapy Focus is largely meeting customer expectations, with room to improve in certain areas.

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Dietetics and the NDIS

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolling out in WA, people are asking whether dietetic services can be accessed using NDIS funding. Therapy Focus Dietitian Maddie Todd outlines how dietetics can be accessed under the NDIS and the types of support available.

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Les finds purpose at Jackson’s

Busselton resident Les Slayford has a new-found sense of purpose since securing work experience at Jackson’s Drawing Supplies with assistance from his therapy team and support workers.

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Sofia speaks up about autism

11 year-old Sofia Schiaffini has won an award for her speech about autism in this year’s Speak Up Awards. The Anne Hamersley Primary School student outperformed 150 other students to make it to the finals of the interschool public speaking competition.

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Changes to NDIS billing from 1 October

The way Therapy Focus bills for services funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is changing from 1 October. These changes will bring prices in line with the 2018-19 NDIS Price Guide.

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Mental health and wellbeing survey

Curtin University PhD student Jacintha Hee is conducting a study to investigate factors that contribute to good mental health and wellbeing, as well as factors that contribute to mental ill-health. Jacintha is particularly interested in factors that influence the quality of life of people with a disability.

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GIVE provides the gift of guitar lessons

16 year-old Joseph Martin has always dreamed of playing guitar in a band. And thanks to a GIVE Program grant for guitar lessons, that dream can edge a little closer to reality.

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Emotion Recognition Project

We are looking for adults on the autism spectrum who attended mainstream schooling to take part in an emotion recognition project. The project aims to determine if computer-based program and/or an online mentoring will be beneficial for adults on the autism spectrum to understand how emotions are typically recognised and explore potential strategies to cope with certain social situations.

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Communication clinic improves device access

Therapy Focus has opened the doors to a purpose-built clinic that provides access to a range of communication systems and solutions for people living with disability.

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Students help illustrate storybook about kindness and inclusion

A children’s storybook featuring illustrations created by WA primary school students has been unveiled at a Book Launch at Perth Town Hall on Thursday 23 August during National Children’s Book Week.

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How to support someone with communication difficulties

Imagine what it would be like if you were unable to speak or had difficulty getting your message across. Anyone can experience communication difficulties, but it is something that many people living with disability face. 

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Resource library helps Zechariah achieve his therapy goals

A specialist resource service for people with disability and their families has opened in East Victoria Park and is providing regular access to play-based resources that can support therapy.

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Therapy Focus celebrates 20 years

On Friday 20 July, 500 guests including Therapy Focus staff, alumni and special guests celebrated the organisation’s 20th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at Crown Towers.

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Getting ready for the NDIS

Getting ready for your first NDIS Planning meeting can be daunting and overwhelming. But Therapy Focus are here to help and can support our people to make the most of their meetings and their plan.

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Children with disability and feeding and/or swallowing disorder

Curtin University researchers are looking for families of children with a disability that have feeding or swallowing issues to participate in a study that examines support structures and lived experiences.

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Are you a legally appointed guardian to a family member with an intellectual disability?

This research project explores the decision-making experiences of family members who are
legally appointed guardians of individuals with intellectual disability on issues relating to
prescription of neuroleptic or anti-psychotic medication and challenging behaviour.

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Living with intellectual disability study

Researchers from Curtin University are running a study exploring the experiences of young adults living with intellectual disability.

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NDIS helps Hau achieve more independence

Prior to accessing supports through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), 16 year-old Hau Le struggled to verbalise how he felt and what he wanted, which affected everyday tasks like ordering food or catching a bus.

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NAIDOC Week celebrates women: Geraldine’s story

Geraldine Punch is a nan, mother, mentor and foster carer. She has welcomed more than 17 boys into her home over a number of years to help provide them with an education, a life free from crime and a loving family.

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GIVE helps Zaki go for a stroll with his bro

2-year-old Zakariya Hashi is now able to go for walks in comfort with his new baby brother thanks to a grant from Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program.

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NAIDOC Week celebrates women: Tania’s story

Tania Harris is a proud Aboriginal woman from Queensland. She is a mother, career woman and a carer to her 18-year-old daughter Lisa, who has cerebral palsy.

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Funding options for continence aids

Our specialist continence team, PEBBLES, often hear the question; ‘what funding is available for continence products?’ There are a number of different funding options available, but it’s important to check that you meet eligibility criteria to see whether it’s the right option for you.

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Taboo Topics with a Continence Clinician

Therapy Focus PEBBLES Continence Clinician Tabitha Poole shares the facts on some taboo topics to help remove the stigma around continence issues and help people seek support.

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Busting continence myths

There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding incontinence. So to help people better understand some of the commonly misunderstood areas of incontinence, Continence Nurse Karina from Therapy Focus’ PEBBLES Team has shared the facts

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Karratha, let’s talk about continence

Therapy Focus’ specialist continence team PEBBLES is providing invaluable support to the local community in Karratha and the wider West Pilbara region, since expansion of services in early 2018.

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Tackling fussy or picky eating

Sometimes mealtimes can be the most stressful part of a parent’s day. Especially for a parent of a child with special needs.

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Happiness and helping the community: A volunteer story

It’s National Volunteer Week and today we are celebrating Andrea Seator. Andrea has been a familiar face at Therapy Focus for the past three years. This is her story.

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A Volunteers’ Toolkit: fun, purpose and confidence

It’s National Volunteer Week and today we are celebrating Santosha Robertson. Santosha has been involved with Therapy Focus for almost 5 years and has been a regular face at many of our events and activities.

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Specialist support for Darcy’s dietary needs

Eating and mealtimes were always a battle at home for 8-year-old Darcy, and the ongoing issues related to eating led his mother to seek help from the MEAHLS team at Therapy Focus.

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Layla gets on track to healthy eating

Due to her sensory issues surrounding food, eating was often a struggle for 8-year-old Layla Bonser. Her family were desperate to find answers to best support her, and engaged in services with the MEAHLS team at Therapy Focus.

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Mealtime tips for children with autism

Therapy Focus Dietitian Maddie Todd shares her top tips for parents of children with autism who have challenges with mealtimes.

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