You must have heard that only people aged between 7-65 years can be eligible for NDIS, and that is true. The official criteria for NDIS require the participant to be between the age of 7 to 65 years, but that does not mean that children under seven cannot get any support.
Suppose a child is between 0-6 years old and has a significant or permanent impairment that might lead to developmental problems. In that case, they can receive the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) under NDIS.
About NDIS And ECEI
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a service program started by the Australian government to help people with any permanent and significant impairment in leading an everyday life. This program provides the services and funds needed for the participants to help them reach their goals and live independent lives. The eligibility guideline for NDIS daily support requires the participant to be over seven years old; however, in 2016, NDIA implemented an approach to help children under seven, and this approach is known as Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).
This program allows families who have children between 0-6 who might face developmental delays due to an impairment.
If a child is aged between 0-6 years and there is a possibility of developmental delays, he becomes eligible for this program. If the impairment that the child might have is identified by NDIS as something that will undoubtedly create problems for the child in the future, NDIS does not require any more information in that case. The child quickly becomes eligible for this program and can access all the services.
But if the child does not have a disability that NDIS identifies, the parents will need to provide evidence that the impairment is causing developmental delays in the child.
How Do I Access ECEI?
If your child is eligible to get ECEI, you will need to contact Early Childhood Partner (ECP) to gain access to the services. ECP has partnered with NDIS to improve the living of young children and their families. These organisations don’t charge anything, and your child can get the necessary support without running through several tests. They will diagnose the needs of your child and connect you with the service providers in your area. And if your child needs long-term support, these organisations can connect you to an NDIS provider so your child can access the services provided by them. You can develop an NDIS plan that works best for your child.
Supports Under ECEI
You can get the following two supports under ECEI;
Early Connections: This category involves information about local communities like healthcare centres, playgroups, and other activities. This program helps in the development of the child.
Early Support: This category involves therapies and services that help the child in learning skills like dressing, eating, drinking, and going to the toilet.
These services lead to your child becoming an NDIS participant after he turns seven years old, but it only happens if your child needs long-term support and is not getting temporary access to all these services.
Early Intervention For Older Children
To get support for children over seven years old, you will need to prove that your child has a permanent or physical impairment. NDIS will run some tests to diagnose if the child is eligible for the services, and after the eligibility is determined, you can get access to all the NDIS services. NDIS will provide an individually tailored plan for your child that will include everything related to his needs. After an NDIS plan is made, you can get access to the support and funding required to help your child meet his goals. You can make changes to the plan at a scheduled plan meeting. These meetings are held to discuss the participant’s progress, and changes are made accordingly.
If you want to know more about early intervention for children under seven, contact Personalised Support Services. Their team of professional service providers offer participants NDIS daily support and other services in Australia.