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Early intervention services - ACT

The ACT is a trial site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Better Start funding is no longer available for children here. Children who have had access to Better Start funding will become NDIS clients as Better Start transitions to the NDIS.

If your child is not eligible for NDIS funding, you are still able to access early intervention services at minimal or no cost to your family. Contact the services listed below and discuss what services they are able to provide your child.

The information provided in the table below lists the organisations who provide early intervention services for children with hearing loss and their families.


THE SHEPHERD CENTRE (TSC)
Contact details Nealie Place
Rivett ACT 2611
Phone: 02 9370 4402
Website: http://www.shepherdcentre.org.au/
NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Home-based or centre-based
Early intervention and school age services
Cochlear implant medical service – supporting children and young people before, during and after surgery
Integrated Preschools for children with hearing loss (alongside children with no hearing loss) available at Liverpool and Wollongong
Individual weekly, fortnightly or monthly therapy sessions
Speech, language and social skills development programs for young children, primary and secondary school students
Weekly children’s playgroup
Individual Family Plan or Individual Education Plan
Parent support group; parent education sessions
School readiness program
Listening, speech and language assessments
Individual family/sibling social support sessions
Communication options Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Cost to family No additional fees
Additional comments N/A
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ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN (RIDBC)
Contact details

RIDBC Canberra (and SCIC Canberra)
Equinox Business Park
Equinox 4 Level 1
70 Kent Street
Deakin ACT
Phone: 1300 581 391
Email: info@ridbc.org.au
Website: http://www.ridbc.org.au

NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Hearing and vision assessment services on-site or via teleconference
Early intervention services for both vision or hearing loss
Therapy and diagnostic services, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychology
Cochlear implantation assessment, rehabilitation and ongoing support services through our SCIC Cochlear Implant Program
Communication options Auditory-verbal
Auditory-oral
Auslan
Cost to family No
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