Directions is a registered general and specialist therapy provider delivering:
Speech Pathology communication, social skills, positive behaviour support, swallowing, dysphagia
Physiotherapy specialised equipment consultancy, exercise and fitness, hydrotherapy, postural control
Social Work mapping formal/informal supports, organising and connecting to other therapies/services
Psychology counselling, carer support
Occupational Therapy positive behaviour support, organisational and independence skills, planning, budgeting, cooking, specialised equipment consultancy, inclusive employment opportunities
The biggest function of our therapy team is to create opportunities and build capacity, this is the underlying framework of Directions’ therapy service model. This provides flexibility to apply person and family centred practice and the ability to deliver wrap-around therapy.
Our therapy model has three overarching themes:
- Promote the person’s choice and independence to create opportunities in their own lives – Rachel wanted to continue living independently in her home and requested support to improve community access. Lauren assisted Rachel to achieve her goal by modifying the bathroom layout, installing rails in the shower and toilet and advocating for funding to convert the manual roller shutters to electric. Assistance with the purchase of a mobility scooter enables Rachel to continue daily walks with her dog Rusty.
- Working together with parents and families so they can confidently support people’s development and participation in their home and community – Parents and families are our therapy team’s main information source. They enable us to tailor therapy services specifically to the person we support. Working together with Tara, Logan’s mum, Teagan discovered Logan’s love of dinosaurs and used this to develop his storytelling skills. By developing this plan together, it became personal and achievable within the family’s daily routines and life.
- Work collaboratively with the person and families to build their communities understanding of disability and inclusion – Using “How Does Your Engine Run?- Alert Program”, Philip and EJ worked together to create three fun and engaging class presentations to teach his teacher and fellow classmates how the body looks and feels when experiencing different emotions. Philip and his classmates now understand the engine language. They use it to support each other when their engine is ‘too fast’ and help each other to be at a ‘just right’ level in the classroom and playground.
ENHANCEMENT OF SERVICES AT DIRECTIONS
Our therapists enhance services by embedding therapeutic strategies in every service at Directions:
- Implementing positive behaviour support strategies through a transdisciplinary team
- Including dysphagia education in our new staff induction
- Educating support workers to be excellent communication partners and to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies
- Creating innovative strategies to enable community access in challenging environments
These groups are offered to individuals who receive therapy and/or support through Directions.
Our Kitchen Rules – is a weekly cooking class where we enjoy the social aspect of cooking with friends while learning new recipes that are quick and healthy.