22 March 2013

Therapy Assistants Program a success

| Barcham
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Over 250 Canberra students with disabilities received support from the Therapy Assistants in Schools program said Joy Burch today.

The program provides children with a disability and children with developmental delays with additional therapy intervention to ensure that functional deficits affecting the child’s capacity for communication, learning, mobility and self-care are addressed.

Ms Burch said results from the pilot period indicated it was a big success, with about 80 per cent of the 269 children involved in individual programs meeting or exceeding their goals, and similarly good results for those involved in group programs.

“Some of the individual stories from this program are very encouraging and heartening,” Ms Burch said.

“For example, one girl with a developmental delay progressed from being unable to walk to walking with the assistance of a trolley in just 10 weeks with the support of this program.”

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