Lifehacks for Success Individual programs
Why see a therapy assistant?
Young people can benefit from individual support to reach their next stage of development. Busy or stressed parents, coaches or teachers can find it hard to provide the additional support they need. Our therapy assistants are about half the cost of a therapist, yet have often undergone the majority of a therapy degree.
What does a therapy assistant do?
Our Therapy Assistants (Allied Health Assistants) implement therapy programs in the community where it matters most. This includes in educational environments, at home or out and about. They work under the direction of our Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist to assist young people to achieve their goals.
How it works:
1. A therapist assesses/reviews the young person in the environment where they would like assistance and recommend strategies to assist
2. The Therapy Assistant helps with putting the strategies into place, wherever they are needed.
3. In addition, the parent, teacher or therapy assistant can take video footage for the therapist to review, for additional therapy planning.
Lifehacks for Success Group Programs
Life skills training clubs, according to participant needs and interests.
Individual Therapy Assistance: A therapist accompanies the Therapy Assistant for the first appointment for handover and developing the Therapy Assistant Plan. Therapy Assistant Plans are developed by the therapist at the start of Therapy Assistant services and on an as needed basis after that. Provider travel (as negotiated) is billed according to the team members direct and indirect travel time at the hourly rate (pro-rata) plus mileage of $0.85 a kilometre. Individual Therapy Assistant services are usually undertaken in the community (ie home or out and about etc). After the initial visit, four minutes per Therapy Assistant service (discounted from actual time taken – estimated at 10 minutes) is charged for case conferencing with the therapist to progress the therapy plan. From there, the therapist may offer additional services on top of case conferences as needed ie through further therapist visits if needed, reviewing photos or video footage, or telehealth support to the Therapy Assistant during sessions (ie phone or video call), as negotiated with the family.