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Are you able to do the things you want to in the community?

Are you 18-65 years old? Do you have an intellectual disability? What …
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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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Jordan meets his heroes

Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Joshua Panelo, recently organised for his client, Jordan Jasmins, to attend a football match to watch Jordan’s favourite team, the Western Bulldogs.

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Michael grabs tasks with both hands

With help from his therapy team, Michael Piazzola is taking on daily tasks with both hands and discovering independence. 

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Karina takes her expertise to Zimbabwe

Therapy Focus Continence Physiotherapist Karina Caldwell recently volunteered in Zimbabwe as part of a medical team providing care and support to people in disadvantaged communities near Bulawayo.

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‘Gurrumul’ screening celebrates National Reconciliation Week

On Wednesday 29 May, Therapy Focus staff, clients and the wider community attended a special sold-out screening of the film ‘Gurrumul’ in recognition of National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June).

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There’s no stopping Candice!

Five and a half year-old Candice Evans is not letting her disability get in the way of living life to the fullest, thanks to the use of specialised equipment and support from her dedicated therapy team.

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GIVE helps Sharon get back on her feet

Sharon Barber suffered a massive stroke in 2013 and is learning to walk again with the support of Therapy Focus Physiotherapist Carly Baseden.

Through GIVE Program funding Sharon is the recipient of an exercise bike, which in just a few months has contributed significantly to her recovery and rehabilitation.

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Therapy Focus goes to California

Advanced Occupational Therapist, Emily Greenwood, and Team Leader, Siobhan Clery, share their experiences travelling to California as part of an exchange program between Therapy Focus and AchieveKids.

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Play, screen time and sleep for 0-5 year-olds

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its recommended guidelines for play, screen time and sleep in 0-5 year-olds. Advanced Physiotherapists, Dan Prigmore, summarises the guidelines, providing key takeaways for parents and carers.

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Investigating speech pathology access for children

Have you got a child with speech language or communication difficulties OR …
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2019 WA Disability Support Awards

This year Therapy Focus was proud to sponsor the WA Disability Support Awards and recognise those who provide the highest standards of support to WA people living with disability.

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Understanding anxiety and interviewing in teenagers

As we enter our teenager years, our social relationships become more complex …
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Do you like having your photo taken?

We’re looking for volunteers to take part in a series of photo shoots to help showcase our services and how we work with people with disability. 

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The Kitchen: A Short Story by Jasmin

For 17 year-old Jasmin Pradhan, writing is a powerful way to share experiences of being autistic. Her latest story, The Kitchen, is a reflection on a recent experience assisting with the catering for a school event.

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GIVE provides the power of play

10 year-old Rhianna is discovering the benefits of play, such as improved strength, coordination and confidence, thanks to a playset funded by Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program.

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Introducing our new CEO Angelena Fixter

Following an extensive national recruitment process, Angelena Fixter has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Therapy Focus. 

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What is Support Coordination?

Support Coordination is assistance to help you implement the supports you need to achieve the goals in your NDIS Plan. Therapy Focus Support Coordinator Kiki Veron outlines the role of the Support Coordinator and how they can help you maximise your NDIS plan.

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Andrew joins the celebration

Josephine Chong could not be prouder of her son Andrew, who recently stepped outside his comfort zone to attend his cousin’s engagement party.

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KONGA megaclass highlights importance of ‘me-time’

Fitness instructor and mother of four, Tyare Pugh, is inviting the Perth community to take part in a free KONGA® workout to help raise awareness of autism and highlight the importance of self-care.

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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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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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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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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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