At Afford, we’re all about empowering you to develop your independence to live the life you want under the NDIS. For Catherine, learning how to communicate with others and develop her eating skills are her main life goals.
The team at Rouse Hill Day Program have worked closely with Catherine and her family to understand what matters most to her. From there, they have worked together to make sure that Catherine achieves her goals.
Afford has connected Catherine with our Allied Health professionals, to develop strategies for Catherine to improve her communication and independence.
Support for Communication and Feeding
Afford Occupational Therapists assist individuals with motor skills development. They assess each person to understand their individual needs and provide them with support and therapy as needed. Our Occupational Therapists also help individuals develop personal care skills, for equipment and functional assessments, sensory support and more.
Afford Occupational Therapist, Taylor has supported Catherine to work on expressing herself through sign. Taylor has also supported Catherine to learn to use cutlery to feed herself. This support has also been extended to the staff and carers around Catherine so that she can be supported in all aspects of her life.
Catherine receives one-to-one support from Rouse Hill Day Program staff to go out and about to enjoy her local community.
Apply Your Skills in Everyday Life
During her outings, Catherine and her Lifestyle Assistant go out for lunch. This is a great opportunity for Catherine to work on her communication and eating skills!
While at the table, Catherine signs towards her mouth when she wants food. She can also now use a fork to eat food on her own! Even at home, Catherine’s mum has commented that Catherine actively goes to the drawer to get her own fork to use during meals.
This is a major transformation for Catherine, which has all happened in just over a month!
With the right supports and ongoing skills development while at Afford sites and at home, Catherine now has confidence in her own abilities and has greater independence.
Afford’s whole-of-life approach to disability supports means we genuinely care about working with individuals, their families and carers, and work together to achieve your goals for life.