Practice Tools Resources

Effective communication with parents: for professionals – Effective communication builds understanding and trust. And when you and parents understand and trust each other, you’ll all be better able to work together to support children’s wellbeing and development (Raising Children Network).

Interventions for children on the autism spectrum: A synthesis of research evidence – a report for families, clinicians, researchers and policy makers, which synthesises all available high-quality evidence about interventions for children on the autism spectrum (Autism CRC, 2020).

Practical strategies for engaging children in a practice setting – This resource introduces practitioners to practical strategies and ideas to consider when engaging children (aged 0–12 years) in a practice setting. Emerging Minds, MICHELE HERVATIN, AUSTRALIA, AUGUST, 2020

10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports: VALID’s guide to NDIS therapist reports for allied health professionals – VALID’s guide to National Disability Insurance Scheme therapist reports for allied health professionals is a 20-page good practice guide which uses clear sections and headings and an easy to read layout, for therapists as they prepare reports for NDIS participants.

Tips for Being Deaf-Aware – As well as the essential tips for being Deaf-aware, learn all about the spectrum of deafness, deaf communication styles, and how to chat to a Deaf person if you are hearing (AI Media).

Sue Larkey’s Teaching Strategies – a range of tip sheets with strategies to teach children and young people with ASD.

Therapist Aid – a range of worksheets, interactive tools and guides to support practitioners.

Research to Action Guides – A range of practice guides that link research to practice (Centre for Applied Disability Research).

Disability Support Toolkit – This kit has resources for front line workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse (1800Respect).

The Toolkit is a result of the Disability Pathways Project, which aimed to improve responses for people with disability who have been impacted by sexual assaultdomestic and family violence.

Information on Telepractice –  See DEAI Sole Practitioner Resources page.

The Kids Central Toolkit – Tools and resources for how to support children through child-centred approaches (Authors: Tim Moore, Megan Layton).

Doing an effective case review with a person with disability: A person-centred approach – Meltzer, A., Conway, P., Dowse, L., Dew, A. and Cooney, E. (2018). UNSW Sydney.

CFCA, Practice Resources and Guides – Resources for practitioners in the areas of protecting children, families and relationships, Indigenous families and research and evaluation.

Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention: National Guidelines – Early Childhood Intervention Australia.

Mandatory Reporting Guide – The Structured Decision Making® System (Children’s Research Centre, Updated 2018).

Practice Paper 3: Practice leadership, Positive Behaviour Support, and reducing restrictive practices – This paper provides a focus for facilitated discussion for improving staff practice through the development and exercise of practice leadership by practitioners. Roy Deveau (Centre for the Advancement of PBS, BILD, UK).

Creating a welcoming and safe organisation for trans and gender diverse children and their families: A checklist for allied health services – This checklist will help you to create a safe and welcome environment for this child and their family. (From Emerging Minds).

Supporting staff to work with children and families with complex needs: A checklist for organisations- This Emerging Minds paper provides managers, practice leaders and other decision makers with practical guidance on supporting staff to work with children and families with complex needs.

#Ways to Welcome – a web resource co-designed by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability.

Provider Information Pack – By NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

NDIS Booklets and Factsheets

The Personal Preference Indicators: A guide for planning – The purpose of this index is to assist you in planning with and for a person with a developmental disability. The Personal Preference Indicators are not checklists, but are a guide to accessing information about the person’s preference (Moss, Jan. 1997, 2006. The Personal Preference Indicator. Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Leadership/UCE, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center).

The Employment Support Indicators: A guide for planning – The Employment Support Indicators are designed to assist professionals, individuals with disabilities, students and their families, and potential employers in determining a range of basic supports which may be necessary in order to become or remain employed (Moss, Jan. 1997, 2008. “Employment Support Indicators.” Center for Learning and Leadership/ UCEDD, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Child Preference Indicators: A guide for planning – The Child Preference Indicators guide is not a checklist. It is a tool to guide professionals and families in accessing information held by the family that is critical to developing an individualized plan for the child. A plan that uses what the family knows about their child’s preferences is a personalized connection to the child and constructively involves the family (Moss, Jan. 1997, 2006. “Child Preference Indicators.” Center for Learning and Leadership/ UCEDD, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center).

Disability Services Consulting – NDIS Resource Hub.

Language Guide –  Choice of language has an impact on the way people with disability feel and are perceived in society. It is important that you are aware of the meaning behind the words you use when talking to, referring to or working with people with disability (People with disability Australia).

Social Model Of Disability – According to the social model of disability, ‘disability’ is socially constructed (People with disability Australia).

Emerging Minds – Practice Papers.

Navigating Waters: Talking About Parenting – Quick Guide to Talking About Parenting by Parenting Research Centre (Aug 2018).

Apologies: A practical guide – The aim of this guide is to assist people and organisations within the jurisdiction of the NSW Ombudsman to respond appropriately and effectively to situations where actions or inaction for which they are responsible have caused harm (NSW Ombudsman March 2009).

10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports: VALID’s guide to NDIS therapist reports for allied health professionals – This 20-page good practice guide will help allied health professionals develop excellent reports that will get the best outcomes. NDIS participants, families, Local Area Coordinators, and Support Coordinators will also find this guide valuable when they are commissioning therapy reports. By VALID.

Program planning and evaluation guide – The aim of this guide is to help community sector organisations plan, deliver and evaluate evidence-informed programs. Its practical advice and resources are divided into five steps (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2018).

Complex Support Needs Planning – Living the life I want: A guide to help with planning has been developed with and for people with cognitive impairment and complex support needs to assist them to engage in making plans.

Complex Support Needs Planning – Being a planner with a person with disability and complex support needs: Planning Resource Kit is intended to provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning, created for workers in planning or related roles.

NDS, State of the Sector Report 2017 – The State of the Disability Sector Report for 2017 was released in Sydney today as part of NDS’s CEO Meeting. The report paints a picture of a sector under pressure.

Companion Card SA – The Companion Card is issued to people who have a significant, lifelong disability and will always need a companion to enable them to attend and participate in community based activities.

Companion Card NT  – The Companion Card is issued to people who have a significant, lifelong disability and will always need a companion to enable them to attend and participate in community based activities.

Compani0n Card Tasmania – The Companion Card is issued to people who have a significant, lifelong disability and will always need a companion to enable them to attend and participate in community based activities.

Motivational Interviewing: A Practice Guide for Practitioners who Support People with Disabilities 

Don’tDISmyABILITY – A language guide about etiquette and common courtesies for talking to, working with or socialising with a person who happens to have a disability.