Mum Guilt - the biggest ailment

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Mum guilt is a huge thing these days. It comes from so many different places too. Society, media, health professionals, family, friends and of course yourself. Being such a hot topic, we interviewed Em from The Jacaranda Centre to get her advice on how to deal with it. Sadly mum guilt can often become shame and this can be really dangerous, particularly to your mental health.


Have a think about your own life. Do you end up putting an excessive amount of pressure on yourself to be there for everyone? In my own life I know I definitely do. If I'm at work, I'm guilty that I'm not spending time at home with my kids that aren't at school full time yet. If I'm at home and playing with the kids, I'm guilty because I should be studying or doing housework. If I'm out seeing friends, I'm guilty because I should be using the limited time I have to be doing all of the above. The list goes on. But, if I turn all this around and actually think about things, this is how it can also go.


I'm at work - great! I'm furthering my career and bringing in money for our family

I'm spending time with the kids - I'm building memories and the kids are happy!

I'm studying - good job mum, your career prospects are looking brighter already

I'm out seeing friends - much needed me time ensures that I am looking after myself which leads to a happier mum and therefore happier family


In my opinion, life should be all about balance. And when I say balance, each day won't always be balanced of course. But try to add a little bit of each category that is relevant to you into your week. And please please please, try to be kind to yourself and stop feeling the dreaded mum guilt. If you asked your kids what they thought of you, I'm sure they would be much kinder!

HOW TO HOLIDAY WITH KIDS

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Remember those holidays where you’d go and sit by the pool and sip cocktails and read books.. yeah nah that’s probably not your reality now Mumma with a few babes in tow but that doesn’t mean you need to give up on travel, you just need to do it differently, for a while at least.

What are some things to be mindful of when you're contemplating family travel? Which areas of Thailand and Bali are 'more kid friendly'? What about holidays that let you have a bit of time to yourself and also some time to reconnect with your partner while the kids enjoy great experiences of their own? Ashley from Helloworld Hunter Travel Group the Hunter's biggest locally owned and operated travel specialists, joins us to answer all those questions plus you can win a holiday to the Anchorage at Port Stephens to celebrate NHM working with Newcastle and the Hunter’s biggest, locally owned travel specials go here to enter.

HOW TO BE A CALM MUM

You may have seen them, these beautiful calm mums? Their voices remain steady under stress and they don't seem to snap as quickly. We are bringing in an expert of calm to make us better at it! Cveta Jovanoska head's up The Yoga Loft in Newcastle. She's going to teach you how to recognise triggers that may lead you to snap then see if you can observe them, move through the anger, remain calm, come out the other side, then take a measured response to whatever has happened.


THE SUPERCARS AND NHM

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The Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will return, 22 – 24 November 2019, to crown the next Virgin Australia Supercars Champion and we’re super excited about partnering with them again this year to give you the opportunity to win a pass for your family. You can enter here.

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This year they want to cater even better to families brining along their tribes so they’ll have an amazing new Supercars SuperKids Zone. The Zone will be a fully fenced and secure area, designed exclusively for parents and little people to relax, play, and test their racing abilities.

We can’t wait to enjoy the Supercars with you in 2019!

SAIL AWAY WITH NHM

Do you ever just want to get away from it all? Even now it’s a beautiful sunny afternoon in Newie but here I am tapping away working super hard to bring you a couple of very exciting travel episodes of NHM- I GOT IT FROM MY MUMMA.

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The next two weeks will see us take you on an incredible journey of Luxe Family Holidays and Budget Family Holidays giving you advice on the best options for your family and possible destinations and ideas you hadn’t thought of previously.

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To celebrate our collaboration between Helloworld Hunter Travel Group and NHM Newcastle Hunter Mummas they’re giving away a Luxe stay at The Anchorage Port Stephens. Go here to enter.

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Boasting 180 degree ocean views, Hotel Anchorage Port Stephens provides luxurious accommodation overlooking the marina. This upmarket resort boasts an expansive pool terrace and is within a six-minute walk of the quaint little Port Stephens Shell Museum. Furnished balconies with breathtaking pool and marina views are standard features in each room and suite, as are smart TVs, a minibar, and comfy reading chairs. Suites add additional living space and unique stand-alone baths with separate showers. A full-service world-class spa ensures guests are not just well looked after, but pampered and spoilt too. Other luxuries include well-equipped gym, and free on-site parking. Dining at Hotel Anchorage Port Stephens is bound to be memorable. Premium seafood dishes are served at The Wild Herring, all-day dining at The Gallery Kitchen with pool and ocean views, and Hemingway's bar for hot coffee's and refreshing after-dinner drinks. Conroy Park, within a ten-minute walk of Hotel Anchorage Port Stephens, is the perfect destination for a picnic, with Salamander Bay Shopping Centre, a seven-minute drive away.

The right amount of kids

The most common question I get asked is, 'how did you find the change from 2 to 3 kids?' To be honest the question throws me because in my opinion each families coping mechanisms are different. Each family has different stresses, different set ups in place to make life easier or a bit more challenging. For instance, when my littlest came along, on paper it seemed like a scary prospect, having a husband who was working away and a 3 and 1 year old already at home. However, looking back, I wasn't working, didn't have a huge amount of money stresses, had a car that was super easy to navigate a few kids, prams etc. and had my mum living downstairs from us always on hand to help out or throw a load of washing on for me.


Now, my kiddos are 7, 5 and 4 (plus my partners son who is 7) and life is manic! The kids side of things is pretty easy, I'm pretty blessed to have kids that are fantastic at entertaining themselves when they need to. But now, I'm working full time, plus my side hustle, studying and racing around between various sporting and social commitments that the kids have. Our life is crazy sometimes, I wouldn't have it any other way of course, but it's no walk in the park.


So now when I'm asked about how it is with three kids, I like to throw the question back at the person and ask about their situation. Do you have support at home or outside of the home? Are you working? Don't be as concerned about the close proximity in age that your children will be, think more about external factors instead.


And if you're pregnant, good luck! I love my children dearly, but I'm pretty pleased that my child rearing days are over!

Missing the z's

Don't you think as a mum that one of the most asked questions you get is, 'do you have a good sleeper?' The issue of sleeping occupies so many of us when our kids are young, I think I pretty much became obsessed with how much each of my kids was sleeping. I remember when my oldest (now 7) was a baby. He started off beautifully, very textbook, then at around 5 months he wasn't so great, yes I know now that was the 5 month sleep regression. I absolutely freaked out and went to numerous health nurses. It was probably only around 2 months of this before he bounced back and was my perfect sleeper again, but it felt like forever. I was weighing so much pressure on myself to be the perfect mum (I thought this existed).


My next child, was and still is a brilliant sleeper. The only girl in our family, I think she tires herself out so much throughout the day that she just drops at night, never wakes up and never refuses sleep.


Fast forward another year and boy was I in for a rude shock. I thought I had motherhood nailed by now and just knew I'd have another great sleeper. Wrong! My littlest man came along and to cope I did everything deemed 'wrong'. Fed him to sleep, co-slept you name it. Its called 'managing'. Very quickly I was taught a lesson about never judging others and their methods. Motherhood is about doing the best you can.

Why Your Middle Child Might Be Set for Greatness

I was the youngest and ‘spoilt’ my older brother got love before any of us and my middle brother has always complained that he got ‘forgotten’ however new research has shown that’s not the case that that the middle child may end up being the campion of the family. 


Research points to; their ability to negotiate, they’re risk takers and creative, they’re less likely to break under pressure and they have an entrepreneurial spirit. 


So to anyone out there who is stuck in the middle or any of your middle children who complain about being forgotten the research is in, you’re amazing you just need to embrace it. 

Mumma is going back to school

Bec and Will, her youngest

Bec and Will, her youngest

What happens when you decide to go back to study? Our Bec did just that recently and got 80% on her recent exam. She didn’t want to pump up her own tyres by I’m happy to do that for her because she’s truely amazing.

Listen to her top tips on making it work below, Cozi Family Organiser was one of them, download it for free to sort out your life. Other advice included working on assessments before she’d done all the coursework and getting the children to bed at a reasonable time.


Manifest Your Best Life and Let Your Past Go with Jackie Gillies

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Jackie Gillies; businesswoman, Psychic Medium, television personality, philanthropist, wife, and a proud role model for positive body image will help you manifest the life you want.

So we know Jackie we’ve met her a few times and she is the real deal. She has overcome a lot in her life to be the shining woman that she is today and honestly he does shine, being in her presence is so cool. She’s present, directed in her attention and what she says and let’s into her consciousness and she’s such an inspiration.

Do you experience anxiety? Lean how to release it plus how to work through your past and come out the other side happier and healthier. In the Podcast below we examine these topics and more.

Jackie's Live in Newcastle for her Shine It Up! live show, she's also the author of Shine it Up: Inspirational True Story by Jackie Gillies for more on Jackie go here.

How many is right?

The most common question I get asked is, 'how did you find the change from 2 to 3 kids?' To be honest the question throws me because in my opinion each families coping mechanisms are different. Each family has different stresses, different set ups in place to make life easier or a bit more challenging. For instance, when my littlest came along, on paper it seemed like a scary prospect, having a husband who was working away and a 3 and 1 year old already at home. However, looking back, I wasn't working, didn't have a huge amount of money stresses, had a car that was super easy to navigate a few kids, prams etc. and had my mum living downstairs from us always on hand to help out or throw a load of washing on for me.


Now, my kiddos are 7, 5 and 4 (plus my partners son who is 7) and life is manic! The kids side of things is pretty easy, I'm pretty blessed to have kids that are fantastic at entertaining themselves when they need to. But now, I'm working full time, plus my side hustle, studying and racing around between various sporting and social commitments that the kids have. Our life is crazy sometimes, I wouldn't have it any other way of course, but it's no walk in the park.


So now when I'm asked about how it is with three kids, I like to throw the question back at the person and ask about their situation. Do you have support at home or outside of the home? Are you working? Don't be as concerned about the close proximity in age that your children will be, think more about external factors instead.


And if you're pregnant, good luck! I love my children dearly, but I'm pretty pleased that my child rearing days are over!

My Baby's Off To School

It seemed like just yesterday that you were sleeping side by side with your tiny little human and now they're off to school or a few years away!

Bec’s second child Gracie is off to school so we thought we’d investigate all you need to know about starting school.

What school should you choose private or public? What indicators should you see emotionally and communication wise what show you they're ready to deal with a school environment? What about counting to then and knowing their alphabet, where should they be academically? If you child has formed strong bonds with friends is it a better idea to keep that bond and send them to the same school or can you send your child in a different direction?

Hear advice from two mums who've experienced all this and more Aland and Laura from the Oversubscribed Podcast and Alexander McGrath School Readiness Expert from our Sponsor The Little Unicorn Early Education Centres.

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The Countdown to the School Holidays

The clock is ticking down to school holidays here’s what some of our NHM 

Mummas have planned. 

BASIC SLOW FUN

Beth Shannessy has said her family don’t have the means for expensive activities at the moment which is true of many but she’s mentioned that basic activities can be just as good like family walks, bike rides, painting boxes, kicking the ball around the yard, walking around Blackbutt and having a picnic. Also what about cooking in the kitchen with your kids? I know it’s a little messy but pizzas and other simple things are fun and cakes are great with mandatory spoon licking!

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CHOO CHOO

We have a light rail now in the city Mummas it might not go far but it’s big, shiny and red and it’s pretty fun to jump on and off so check it out. Also Teresa Brauer mentioned her family favourite is to take a train ride to Warnie’s Railway Cafe and Wyong Milk Factory. 

If you’re up for some boating fun too, honestly the ferry to Stockland isn’t a bad option and there’s a new playground there too! 

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

So maybe you’d like your kids to enjoy something different these school holidays try something new?


Rhubarb Jam School Holiday Workshops 

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If your children have heaps of energy it’s a great idea to channel that and what better way than through one of the awesome Rhubarb Jam School Holiday Workshops.

Their workshops encourage all young people to be super CREATIVE, CONFIDENT and COLLABORATIVE in a safe, encouraging environment. Young people become strong COMMUNICATORS while WORKING AS A TEAM.

They’ve got different length workshops, during which they work towards putting on a production, with the emphasis placed on the PROCESS OF CREATING. At the end of the week, participants perform in the production they have produced!

Your children are grouped by age with a maximum of twelve per group and will experience drama, dance and singing in separate sessions throughout the duration of the workshop. They will also be involved in creation of sets and costumes!

Are you ready to ACT SING and DANCE your way through an ALADDIN themed show? We are! And we’d love you to join us at Kotara South these SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

8-12 July. Creative Kids vouchers accepted check them out here

www.rhubarbjam.com.au

Family Picnic Spots 

Teresa mentioned Paterson that looks really beautiful, Debbie Dye also chatted about the Watagans perfect for bush walking and exploring. Also check out

Snowtime in the Garden 

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Our kids so loved building slow men last year and ice skating as well as enjoying amazing food with the family. This year you can glide on a giant ice skating rink, slide down a mega ice toboggan and build a snowman in our man-made Snow Play Zone.

Enjoy awesome rides, which include our Super Slide, 25 metre Ferris Wheel, speedy Swing Chair and traditional Venetian Carousel. Plus, roving entertainment, hearty food and warming beverages.

This year they’re adding a Snow Cave! The walk-through snow cave will be filled with Arctic creatures and even falling “snow” several times a day.

Other Snow Fun Snow Fun 

Many Mummas have expressed a wish for their babes to see snow for the first time possibly at Barrington Tops, Canberra, Falls Creek or elsewhere.

Traffic Park 

Newcastle Traffic Park at The Newcastle Station in Newcastle where the babes can learn all about red lights, green lights and the road rules in a fun, safe environment. 

Encouraging less screen time and more active but enjoyable learning

My ‘Little Unicorn’ Lilly developing a love of books from an early age

My ‘Little Unicorn’ Lilly developing a love of books from an early age

With new research out saying young children should spend no more than one hour in front of a screen per day I’m so happy to see my little Lillian developing a love of literacy early.

I remember some of the most magical times I spent with my parents was at night reading. They were super busy and hard workers like myself and my partner, always on the go but that was a time when I delighted in having their attention all to myself.

Just recently Lilly has been encouraged in her literacy journey by The Little Unicorn. It stood out as apparent, not only when I read her Story Park App updates about what the Little Unicorn’s have been up to but also at home when she runs to the bookshelf gleefully and brings them to me yelling ‘book, book’.

Each day she spends at The Little Unicorn they have been reading a different book during Story Time and families have been encouraged to share the books they enjoy at home so the children can relish reading them together.

One of their favourites is ‘Dear Zoo’, the children seem to love it because they can react to the animals in the book emulating the sounds each animal makes and repeating the names. Even as a child I can remember enjoying reading books that encouraged the participation of the reader as Mum and Dad and I would look to seek out a certain character or a reoccurring theme.

I’m so grateful to have Lilly introduced to a love of literacy early, books have been a huge part of my journey and continue to shape my life today. From Spot the Dog as a baby to the Magic Faraway Tree to Shakespeare and beyond I’ve loved every part of my literacy journey and I hope Lilly does too.

To find out more about The Little Unicorn and the role they can play in your child’s early education go here.

BECOME A MUMMA CHEF WITH COURTNEY FROM MASTERCHEF

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Courtney Roulston from series 2 of Masterchef

So I’m awful in the kitchen, Uber Eats was basically the best thing that happened to my world, not my waistline but anyway. Bec is on the other hand quite the little entertainer so she was excited to delve into a show with Courtney.

In this show you’ll learn how to whip up the perfect steak with an incredible sauce. Grab some dishes to take to a BBQ that with wow your friends. If you’d like a meat free night we have that sorted too. Amazing substantial soups for winter and you’ll also be adding avocado mouse with cocoa to your repertoire within no time and your friends will wonder how you got so clued in, enjoy Mumma Chef! 


Books That Will Enrich Your Child's Life

NHM Mumma’s incredible book ‘Where Are You Most Beautiful’

NHM Mumma’s incredible book ‘Where Are You Most Beautiful’

I don’t know about you but I find reading to my children at bedtime one of the the best parts of the day. The multitude of to do lists melt away and we are present together engaged in the beauty of books. Old fashioned, turn the pages books. You can revel in the fun you can find in each page and chat about life and the message the book is passing onto us to help us live a better life.

We have loved adding ‘Where Am I Most Beautiful’ to our bedtime routine. A book by local Mum Jasey Stanley about finding the beauty within yourself through your actions and your beautiful heart and empathy and love for others rather than just through external things like how you look in your dress or what your hair looks like.

If you’d like to support Jasey and her quest to build our children’s self esteem go here.

Here are some other books that I love reading my little girls:

  • All I See Is Part Of Me

  • An Awesome Book

  • Beautiful Oops!

  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

If you’d like to hear Jasey talk about her book check out the NHM-I GOT IT FROM MY MUMMA Self Esteem episode below.

To Live Free From Violence is a Basic Human Right

Mel Histon from Gottacha Back Sister

Mel Histon from Gottacha Back Sister

What are some possible red flags that could signal a man who is seemingly perfect and 'the one' might be capable of violence down the track?

How to identify those relationships when they become apparent for you, your friends or even your teenage girls. If you find yourself in a violent relationship how can you get out and how can you get your kid’s out safely with Melissa Histon from Got Your Back Sista

Matthew Carney from Baker Love Lawyers also discusses AVOs and the flow on effect legally of domestic violence from the child's prospective, the mothers, in regards to keeping safe and the impact it will have on any property settlements or other matters after you leave the relationship.

What is Normal as Far as Your Child's Speech is Concerned?

NHM Mumma Lauren Haskins from A Growing Understanding

NHM Mumma Lauren Haskins from A Growing Understanding

Bec's little girl Gracey didn't talk til three years of age! How did she rectify that as a Mum and make her youngest bub a perfect speaker. Also speech milestones, what they should be saying and when and red flags to look out for that indicate you need to seek help with their speech. Listen to our NHM-I GOT IT FROM MY MUMMA Podcast below to learn all about your child and their journey with speech development.


We're joined by the super knowledgable and entertaining Lauren Haskins head Speech Pathologist at A Growing Understanding Speech Pathology. If you’d like to WIN a consult with Lauren go here.


YOUR CHILD AND THEIR SPEECH

Understanding the steps to take when embarking on your speech pathology journey can be daunting. Perhaps you have noticed that your child isn’t speaking as clearly as their peers. Maybe your child has just been diagnosed with a language delay, and you start to question “what is my next step?” Luckily, with the right support, advice and information; navigating this tricky time can become simpler.

Within this article, I will break down the steps to help you understand your child’s development needs, find the right speech pathologist for your family, assess your funding options, and ensure a successful path when it comes to the growth of your child.

Step 1. When Should You Seek Help

We all know that children develop at different rates, but there are some milestones that can guide a child’s development and help us understand when they need additional support. Speech Pathology Australia has developed several resources and guides relating to communication skills across the early years of childhood. These guides, including the Communication Milestones Poster, provides specific skills that your child may achieve at certain ages ranging from 12 months to five years.

In addition to understanding the specific milestones relating to communication skills, you may also consider seeking a speech pathologist if:

  • you or other people are having difficulty understanding your child

  • people think your child is younger than they are because of the way he speaks

  • your child is being teased or showing frustration because of the way he talks

  • your child is using fewer words than other children his age

  • your child stutters

  • your child’s interactions or play seems unusual or inappropriate

  • your child is struggling with reading or writing

  • there is a diagnosis that could affect speech or language such as hearing loss, auditory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay

Communication and language challenges can have a widespread impact on a child’s life. It can affect their academic performance, be socially isolating, and impact their choices in adulthood. It is because of this that early intervention by a speech pathologist is not only recommended but can have a significantly positive impact on their daily life – now and in the future. 

Step 2. How to Choose a Speech Pathologist

Choosing a speech pathologist is perhaps one of the most important steps when it comes to securing the right support and pathway for your child. Sure, you can jump online and see what Google brings up. But while independent research is advised, it can often present an overwhelming number of choices, making this step that much harder. So, the question remains, how do you know which speech pathologist is right for your family, and will offer the right services to help your child grow? To find the answer you need to ask the right questions:

Are you certified?

It is important to find out if the speech pathologist you are looking to see is, in fact, certified. In Australia, speech pathology is a self-regulated profession. However, Speech Pathology Australia has established a certified membership program that sees professionals within the industry undergo rigorous training and professional development to sustain the title of Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). What does this mean for you? Basically, this certification ensures that you and your child are working with a speech pathologist who will practice within an ethical and evidence-based framework, and is an eligible provider for services under Medicare (for Chronic Disease Management and other eligible allied health items), private health funds, and other schemes including Helping Children With Autism (HCWA), Better Start for Children with Disability, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Are you child-friendly?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but knowing if a speech pathologist works well with children is something that will help you to feel at ease. While many speech pathologists claim to “work with children”, observing how they actually do this will give you the best insight into their services and methods. Is the therapists on the floor with your child? Are they trying to understand your child’s interests? Is your child having fun? Does your child seem willing to interact with the therapist? If you can answer yes to these questions, then chances are you’ve chosen the right speech pathologist who will help your child grow.

Are you experienced and do you understand my child’s challenges?

A good therapist should know what kind of treatment is best for your child. In addition, this treatment should be based on research. The bottom line is that the therapist should appear to know what he/she is talking about. Finally, you should feel comfortable with the amount of experience this therapist has with children like yours.  Some additional questions that may help you decide if the therapist is experienced and knowledgeable in early language intervention are:

  • How much of your caseload is made up of children like mine?

  • Can I talk to some other parents who you have worked with?

  • What treatment do you recommend and why?

  • What’s the evidence that supports these recommendations?

  • Where can I learn more about this kind of treatment?

Do you work with the family and educators to ensure the best results?

The best speech pathologists are those who will work with you, as well as your child, to develop the right therapy, activities and resources to support growth in a variety of contexts (at home, school etc). They understand that the time spent with your child is limited, and because you are an incredibly important part of your child’s life, you need to be involved in the intervention and play a major role. The right speech pathologist will be able to work with you to develop your skills so you feel confident delivering ‘treatment’ throughout your child’s day.

When it comes down to it, you want a speech pathologist who is respectful of both your child’s needs and of yours. According to Speech Pathology Australia, they should be someone who:

  • Observes: takes the time to discover what is important to the parent

  • Waits: gives the parent time to talk about what is important to her/him

  • Listens: responds to what the parent says to show he/she has been heard

Step 3. Understanding Your Funding Options (including NDIS)

Now that you have chosen your speech pathologist, the next step is to get your head around what you can do to pay for the number of therapy sessions and assessments that have been recommended. Your speech pathologist will be able to provide information on the various options, but it is always a good idea to have a basic understanding of what is available.

The main programs available for funding speech pathology services are as follows:

Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Program (CDM)

Speech pathologists can work with your GP to provide therapy under a CDM plan. The Chronic Disease Management scheme is initiated by your GP, and is available to children and adults with Chronic Care needs. People with Autism are automatically eligible for the CDM because an Autism Spectrum Disorder is considered a chronic condition. The Medicare rebate is available for five sessions of Allied Health therapy, including Speech Pathology, per calendar year.

Please note that CDM plans can only be used for Individual therapy sessions. The CDM Plan does not provide funding for group therapy sessions. Click herefor more information.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

If you choose to see a speech pathologist that is a registered NDIS provider, you could access individual and group therapy services under a specific plan implemented for your child. There is an eligibility criteria that you would need to assess, and if your child meets the criteria you can ask to become a participant by completing an Access Request Form.

If your child is aged between 0 and 6 years of age, there is a specific service called Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) available. The ECEI approach supports families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

To find out more about the NDIS you can call their helpline 1800 800 110 or visit the website: www.ndis.gov.au

Private Health Fund

Rebates for speech pathology services may be available through your private health fund. You will need to determine the rebates with your health fund provider prior to commencing the service. You will also need to check with your speech pathologist that they are an eligible provider for your health fund.

Please note that you cannot claim a Medicare rebate and a private health insurance rebate for the same service. You must choose which rebate they are going to claim for a service.

Step 4. Defining Your Role in the Speech Therapy Process

The final step in your family’s speech pathology journey is understanding the role that you will take. Parent involvement in the speech therapy process is extremely important when it comes to achieving the best outcomes.  For most children, seeing a speech pathologist once a week isn’t enough time to develop language skills. But if you work together with your child’s speech pathologist, you can play an active role in your child’s intervention by:

  • helping set goals for your child

  • describing daily activities and routines

  • learning strategies that you can use at home that will build your child’s communication skills

  • reporting changes and progress you see in your child

  • determining next steps with the speech pathologist

By working together with your child’s speech pathologist, you become the primary person delivering the therapy, and the speech pathologist functions as your coach and consultant, ensuring the best results possible.

As the name suggests, A Growing Understanding offers services that are centred around growing the understanding of not only children, but for those who care for and support them – you. As your child grows and develops during their speech pathology journey, we will support you and help you develop the right skills to assist them at home and during your daily routine. We will also provide information and advice that can be passed onto educators and other family members, and ensure that growth occurs across a variety of contexts.