Services we provide for adults
Here you will find an outline of all services that Glasswing Therapy currently provide for adults in the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast regions. Telehealth appointments are also available for interstate and international clients for certain services.
Speech pathologists can help adult clients by working towards improving communication, literacy and swallowing skills.
This may include:
- Eliminating or reducing the impact of language delays/disorders
- Improving pronunciation
- Eliminating the presence of a stutter
- Help with reading and writing
- Help with auditory memory, auditory processing, and listening skills
- Assistance with social skills and social communication (body language, tone of voice etc)
- Assistance with fussy feeding, tube feeding/weaning, and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
- Using an alternative method of communication for clients who have difficulty communicating using words (eg iPad, eye gaze or switch technology, visuals etc).
- Elimination of voice disorders
By using a number of different approaches and techniques, a physiotherapist can help a person overcome injury or short-term health problems, or manage long-term disability (eg: chronic pain, or neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease).
Physiotherapists use a wide range of techniques and approaches, including:
- massage and manipulation, using the hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body to help recovery
- remedial exercise (exercise that takes into account a person’s current level of health and any specific requirements they may have)
- providing support to help patients manage chronic conditions
Physiotherapy techniques and approaches can improve a person’s ability to use parts of their body that are affected by a health condition or injury.
Occupational Therapists (or OTs) help people to be as independent as possible - this may be in their home, at work, while studying, or in the community. This can mean learning new skills, or finding and implementing new ways of doing everyday activities.
For people with disability, this could include:
- Learning to use cutlery
- Getting dressed
- Learning handwriting
- Personal care
- Looking at someone's equipment needs
- Adapting someone's environment to be safe and accessible
- Motor skills programs (gross and fine motor skills such as balance, strength, coordination, and endurance)
- Equipment prescription (eg: wheelchairs [manual/electric], shower chairs, commodes, pressure relief devices, specialist beds, and mealtime equipment).
- Sensory assessment and intervention: Some people may find it difficult to understand or respond to sensory information such as loud noises, bright lights, certain textures, or taste sensitivities. Our OTs can help provide potential solutions for clients to help manage these sensitivities, as well as feel calm and settled in their environment.
Nutrition & Dietetics
Our dietitians offer a person-centred focus in supporting clients with cognitive, physical, sensory, neurological and intellectual limitations under the NDIS. Glasswing Therapy are a trusted provider of nutrition services for people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, motor neurone disease and acquired disabilities. We can provide:
- Nutrition education around managing a range of health conditions like Diabetes, MND, Parkinson’s, Anaemia, low weight, obesity, poor appetite, dysphagia, IBS and food allergies and intolerance, constipation, depression, anxiety, and osteoporosis.
- Education in planning and preparing of meals, and shopping lists. This may include education for carers.
- Practical resources and tools to assist with eating, feeding and cooking including portion tools and meal time feeding resources, shopping tours, food safe handling, enhanced recipe and meal development.
- Guidance on eating out and eating socially, including how to choose suitable foods from fast food outlets and menus.
- Assistance with managing Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) and medical grade nutritional supplements i.e. PEG – percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy. Adherence to PEG feeding regimes, how to order feeds and consumables through NDIS and HEN, troubleshooting and education on caring for the PEG site and equipment.
Psychology and Counselling
Our adult centred psychologists are trained to offer assessment and intervention in the following areas:
- Behavioural difficulties (e.g. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder)
- Concentration and learning difficulties (e.g. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia)
- Intellectual disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Emotional problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
- Family and relationship counselling
- Tic Disorders (e.g. Tourette’s)
Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence based approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities who use challenging behaviour. Being an evidenced based practice means that Positive Behaviour Support has been proven to be successful. Positive Behaviour Support seeks to both improve the quality of life of the person with a disability and to reduce the impact of the person's challenging behaviour. Positive Behaviour Support seeks to improve quality of life by understanding why a person needs to engage in challenging behaviour, and then addressing that need.
To do this Positive Behaviour Support relies on three related elements:
- understanding why the person engages in challenging behaviour (this understanding is developed by conducting a Functional Behaviour Assessment);
- finding the environmental causes for challenging behaviour, and then modifying them so that the behaviour is unnecessary;
- teaching the person new skills to meet their needs without having to resort to challenging behaviour.
These elements are focused on the overall objective of improving quality of life and reducing the impact of challenging behaviour.
We can link you in with an audiologist who understands your needs to determine current hearing levels, or manage hearing device prescription and evaluation.
Life Transition and Life Skills Support
Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary disability specialists with expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. As allied health professionals, Developmental Educators (also referred to as DE’s) have a practical approach and work holistically across the life span to address issues which may affect the function, independence and social inclusion of individuals with disability, their families and carers
Developmental Educators may perform the following tasks:
- work with people living with disability and their families to identify need, and establish goals to actively participate in community life
- collaborate with people living with disability and their supports to plan, develop, implement and evaluate education, training and/or support programs in areas such as independent living, mobility, learning, communication , self-care, positive behaviour support, mental health, social, recreational, arts, sexual health, positive ageing and employment.
- provide case management services to people living with disability and their supports
- liaise and work with community services and other professionals to provide access and opportunities to gain supports as members of a community.
- facilitate self-advocacy and/or negotiate along with people living with disability to achieve access to the opportunities desired to achieve goals and aspirations for a good life.
The trans-disciplinary approach is a framework for allowing members of a team to contribute knowledge and skills, collaborate with other members, and collectively determine the therapy that most would benefit an individual. This approach integrates a person’s specific needs across the major developmental domains and involves a greater degree of collaboration than other service delivery models.
A trans-disciplinary approach requires the team members to share roles and systematically cross discipline boundaries. The primary purpose of this approach is to pool and integrate the expertise of team members so that more efficient and comprehensive assessment and intervention services may be provided.
The communication style in this type of team involves continuous give-and-take between all members on a regular, planned basis. Professionals from different disciplines teach, learn, and work together to accomplish a common set of intervention goals for the client and their family. The role differentiation between disciplines is defined by the needs of the situation rather than by discipline-specific characteristics.
Assessment, intervention, and evaluation are carried out jointly by designated members of the team.
Most therapy services require face-to-face interaction between the therapist and the patient. With telehealth, you can still enjoy the same interaction in real time using video and audio. The client can use their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer during their sessions, so they can see and interact normally despite being in a separate location.
Many clients are opting for this type of service to reduce waiting times, improve access to services, eliminate travel time to/from the clinic, and have the ability to access high quality clinicians from any location across the globe!
Clients accessing our telehealth services report a high satisfaction rate, and similar outcomes to those attending face to face sessions.
Many third parties such as schools, aged care facilities, and hospitals are accessing telehealth services for therapy to improve therapeutic outcomes in a timely and cost effective manner. If you are interested in this service for your facility, please call us on (07) 5524 6538 to discuss your needs further.
A Personal Trainer helps clients achieve their fitness and health goals through motivating and educating them.
This may be helpful for clients who are at risk of weight gain or social isolation due to their disability related lifestyle habits, medications, and mobility.
A personal trainer can improve an individual’s health, inclusion in the community, and overall quality of life.