Expert team around you
At NextSense, we have a dedicated team of allied health professionals working with children and adults who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision.
An audiologist helps you or your child get the best possible access to sound and speech through assistive listening devices, hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Our expert team of occupational therapists can work with you or your child to achieve increased independence and participation goals. Here are some things we can help with:
- Everyday skills such as cutlery use, dressing, bathing, drinking from a cup, combing hair, accessing technology, and preparing meals.
- Play skills such as playing with others, using toys, giving sport a go, catching balls, climbing, balancing, and construction.
- Hand skills such as picking up small things, stacking blocks, drawing, handwriting, using scissors, and pre-braille skills.
- Posture and movement such as positioning support for seating, bedding, travel, bathing and toileting.
- Coping with change such as a break in routine in sensory environments.
- Getting around such as wheelchair use and car travel.
NextSense orthoptists provide support for children and adults with a disability or additional needs who may have vision loss. Our team can offer information about you or your child’s level of vision—including optimizing vision for daily activities. The team are also experienced working with people who are non-verbal, who may use alternative modes of communication, and have cognitive or physical impairments. Here’s a few things NextSense orthoptists can help with:
- Functional vision assessments tailored to age and developmental level.
- Vision screening.
- Support with low vision aids, and computer technology assessments and training.
- Environmental assessments—in the home, the classroom, the workplace or elsewhere.
- Information and support for families of people who are blind or have low vision, and those close to them—including teachers and colleagues.
- Provide comprehensive reports with strategies according to goals.
Our expert team of physiotherapists can work with you or your child to develop confidence with physical movement, coordination, agility, and balance. NextSense physiotherapists can work on the following skills:
- Aquatic physiotherapy
- Agility and balance
- Gross motor skills
- Accessing recreational and physical activities.
- Equipment needs
- Sitting and walking, when these milestones are delayed.
- Activities in the home, school or community.
Our expert team of psychologists start with you—and your goals. Based on the goals, individual psychology sessions are available, which can help in the following areas for children and adults with hearing or vision loss:
- Specialised assessments and specific recommendations.
- Supporting transitions, including from primary school to high school.
- Working with the people that support you or your child, including teachers and therapists.
- Identification of any factors impacting on learning and communication.
- Counselling and therapy intervention to support children and families when they need it most.
Our expert team of speech pathologists can help you or your child to redefine what’s possible. Here’s just a few focus areas:
- Communication for toddlers and infants
- Understanding instructions
- Speech clarity
- Sentence building
- Conversation and social participation
- Preschool and classroom skills
- Augmentative and alternative communication.
Why choose NextSense for your allied health?
- We work towards best practice frameworks, which means you or your child is receiving the best possible support.
- We’re dedicated to working closely with you or your child, as well as families, teachers and other healthcare professionals to ensure development of skills across different environments.
- You’ll have the flexibility to choose where and when sessions take place. From the home to an educational setting; a workplace to a program location; or at one of many centres around Australia.
- We work toward achieving you or your child’s NDIS goals—improving independence, functional skills and participation—or whatever they are.
- We’re a team. That means the support you receive from our NextSense allied health professionals is shared with the other NextSense experts who support you—ensuring that together we create an individual program of care that meets your unique needs.
Who can access allied health services?
Our allied health services are available to people of all ages who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision who access hearing or vision services at NextSense.
How are allied health services funded?
We can help you explore the funding and payment options that may be available to you.
As NextSense is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), eligible individuals and families may be able to use their NDIS funding towards allied health services.