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Global Developmental Delay
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:23 AM
Just wondering is Global Developmental Delay is funded and does it come under any particular heading.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:08 PM
Funded for what?
You may get the carer allowance if the delays are big enough to make an impact on a functional assessment. Other than that it doesnt get much (except PERHAPS aid time at school depending on the state you live in).
Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:08 PM
Edited by hiddensecrets, 20 December 2012 - 04:09 PM.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:35 PM
If you are in QLD you can register with DSQ but I've never bothered. My sons diagnosis is GDD too which we know it's caused by a hypoxic brain injury. I get the Carers Allowance ($54 a week I think) but he also has multiple congenital heart defects and a kidney issue as well so I don't know if a GDD diagnosis is eligible stand alone?
My son has been going to speech, physio and OT since he was 9 months old so we're in the system already with that and haven't ever paid a thing. Maybe DSQ could assist with that kind of thing if you're not in the system. My son also goes to a special school two half days a week (ECDP - Early Childhood Development Program). This has been so incredibly good for him. I don't know if other states offer the program or not. We were referred by both the paed and OT/Speechie to get in. There are 2 university qualified teachers working with 8 kids at a time. What an absolute gem of a program.
If you mean the $12k federal funding then no. Which is really sad because a lot of GDD kids are worse off that some of the kids that do tick the pre-selected boxes. Children's individual needs not being assessed independently for this is a pet peeve of mine but I wont go there.
Good luck OP.
ETA: They are able to start attendance at the early intervention program I was talking about (ECDP) from age 3.5. Children are taken in on an INDIVIDUAL NEEDS basis and not a category system where one diagnosis is more worthy than another.
Edited by Bek+3, 20 December 2012 - 04:38 PM.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:35 PM
Your son's has a dx of Aspergers that was made earlier this year, right? If so, depending on when you submitted your paperwork, you should have qualified for at least one year of funding under the "Helping Children With Autism" package, as well as some rebated therapy sessions (see the pinned post on top of this page).
Also, you should automatically qualify for the Carer's Allowance.
As Bek+3 points out, a lot of the funding is sadly tied to fitting into a certain box.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:21 PM
Technically, Olivia still only has a diagnosis of GDD. Her delays are extremely severe though. We receive CA, and are eligible for CP based on her level of need (but not financially). She was enrolled in early intervention and now attends a special development school. She receives funding for various equipment needs (wheelchair, bath-lift etc).
She does not fit under any particular category for funding, but always receives it based purely on need. This means a lot more work, but at least she gets it.
Hope that helps.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:49 AM
Hi Bek+3, not sure who you access your therapy with, but do double check whether you need to register with DSQ as well, as the system changed last year. We aged out/were dropped by FECS and had to start the process anew registering with DSQ.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:52 AM
My son (3/10) has GDD and OT yesterday said he also has SPD. He has been in the system (child development centre in Brisbane) since he was 2.5. I have never been told about any payments I am entitled to, and DSs treatment team are on the ball. However, DS goes to a daycare centre where they received funding for an inclusive worker for him (3days a week) and now he is in the Kindergarten room next year, they also received funding to kit out the room with SPD tools (cubby house, lights, special mats). My son is the first of his kind for the centre, so it is a learning curve for all of us at the daycare centre DSs OT mentioned yesterday the Early Intervention program, however I'm not sure whether to keep him where he is or swap to this program because a change of routine and environment will disrupt him for monttthhhs.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:51 PM
For funding at school, it depends how delayed they are. Where have some GDD kids who are funded, and some who are not (which sucks, because they do need extra support as well, but I guess that's just how it goes...)
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