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How the transdisciplinary key worker approach can work for you

While engaging a range of different NDIS service providers is certainly an option, choosing a single point of contact through the transdisciplinary approach can offer enormous benefits for your child and family.

Assessing the impact of a hectic appointment schedule

If your NDIS plan requires you to access a lot of different services (such as speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology), it’s easy to think you will need to engage a range of individual professionals. It’s important to consider how this will affect your child and family lifestyle and routines in terms of the necessary time and cost involved, the energy needed to juggle multiple appointments as well as the stress on all involved. The transdisciplinary key worker model is a collaborative approach and can offer an alternative which is more child and family friendly.

What is the transdisciplinary key worker model?

Currently viewed as best practice in early childhood intervention, the transdisciplinary model is a collaborative approach that gives you access to a range of specialists, but therapy is delivered in a personalised way through one qualified professional called your key worker.

Choosing the one over the many

This collaborative approach centres on one professional becoming the key contact for your family. That professional could be a trained teacher, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, physiotherapist or psychologist who can draw on the expertise, knowledge and skills from within their team and deliver that expertise within your home environment, child care centre or another place where your child spends time.

If at any stage they need to draw on more specialised expertise, the key worker can then either liaise in greater detail with the relevant professional, or even bring them in to visit the family at key stages of the process.

Great outcomes in a familiar environment

Providing therapy in an environment where your child lives, learns and plays enables a much more natural, yet extremely focused process. It also allows the key worker to teach skills to you and others that are significant to your child’s learning with a focus on developing skills that help the child to participate. This means the therapy can continue even when the key worker is not there. Repetition and opportunities to practice leads to more powerful and sustained outcomes for children and families.

Find out about SDN’s key worker approach, call us today 1300 831 445