Ability Action Australia

NDIS Therapeutic Supports Provider

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Children and adolescents

Together we help you build your abilities and experience the joy of living.

Our clinicians work with children and teenagers of all ages, their families and support workers, within their home, school and community environments. Using age-appropriate, easy to follow therapies, we work with the whole family so that we can develop joint goals and the outcomes you experience are good for everyone.

Whether you’re wanting to bring your NDIS plan into action, are not sure what you’re entitled to under your plan, or you know your child needs services but are not sure where to begin, Ability Action Australia can help you on your NDIS journey.

A teen girl using sign language, a young girl receiving occupational therapy and a young boy cooking with a woman

Who can we help?

We work with young people living with all levels of disability, across the age span. Our hard-working, dedicated clinicians deliver tailored services that focus on improving quality of life and making everyday life easier.

Our team is involved in working with all types of conditions, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delays and learning disabilities
  • Cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders
  • Genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome
  • Mental health conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression

Our services can help your child with:

  • Fine motor skills: writing, colouring and drawing, tying shoelaces, opening lunchboxes
  • Gross motor skills: running, jumping, swimming, bike riding
  • Social development: teaching children how to behave and react in social situations
  • Sensory processing: helping your child to appropriately respond to sensory input
  • Self care: everyday skills such as dressing, toileting, hygiene and eating
  • Emotional regulation: showing children how to self-calm during certain situations
  • Self management: organisation, keeping track of belongings, telling the time

How we work with your child

An important aspect of our work is our collaborative approach. We know that every child is different, and that families know them best – their challenges, needs, strengths and interests. Our clinicians work closely with you and your child to understand their specific needs, and use that information to deliver a tailored program. We use the latest research and technologies in our field to assess and design programs that are evidenced-based and effective.

The usual process our clinicians follow with families and caregivers is as follows:

  • Informal introduction and general discussion about the child’s challenges
  • Questionnaire about developmental and medical history, education and areas of concern
  • Child’s teacher may be consulted for more information about needs
  • Standardised assessments carried out to better understand abilities with everyday activities
  • Goals are developed
  • Comprehensive report documenting observations and recommendations
  • Evidence-based therapy program activated
  • Education for parents, carers, support workers or teachers to help them implement therapy each day
  • Play-based therapy

A good example of the type of therapy we use with children is play-based therapy. Playing is fun, and also allows children to engage with the world around them. Through play, kids develop physical and social skills, and learn about negotiation and problem solving.

At Ability Action Australia, we firmly believe in play-based therapy as an important, creative way to target the skills we want to develop in young people.

Examples of play-based therapies include:

  • Sensory play using water, sand, dough or mud to build up tolerance to different textures
  • Gross motor play using things like obstacle courses to build muscle strength with the whole body
  • Fine motor play using crafts, puppets to build strength and coordination in the hands

An OT at work

For an example of how our Occupational Therapists work with children, please see the following video of our OT Rachel supporting Finn to reach his goals.

What strategies do we employ?

Our clinicians provide services through the NDIS that are tailored to the individual child. These services help young people engage in their everyday tasks or occupations, from tying their shoelaces, to using their toothbrush, packing their lunchbox, riding their bike or attending school and getting along with others.

We use a range of approaches to obtain the best results with our young clients. These include:


Family-based: We work closely with families and their support workers to develop individual programs. While our clinicians are degree-based experts who know a lot about helping people to participate in everyday life, parents are the experts on their child. They can help us better understand their child and identify approaches that are more likely to work.

Evidence based

Evidence-based: We adhere to the principles of evidence-based practice at Ability Action Australia. As evidence-based clinicians, we integrate the best available research evidence with information from clinical experience, client values and circumstances, and knowledge of the practice context. Evidence based practice also promotes a habit of inquiry and reflection by our clinicians, and life long learning.

Holistic approach

Holistic: Our clinicians take a holistic approach to their service, so that we help young people with all aspects of their life, not just their condition. We focus on the whole person, supporting the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of our clients.

Are you ready to get started? It’s easy!

Make a referral
You can fill out our easy online referral form


Contact us by Phone
You can talk to a person at our concierge service

PHONE 1800 238 958

Email us
You can email us with what you need or to find out more


Why choose us?

We value simplicity in our methods, and long-term partnerships based on trust and credibility. Collaboration is also a core strength, so that we work through your goals as a team, while acknowledging that you know your needs best.

Choose us and benefit:


Achieve your goals

We deliver a range of NDIS therapeutic and positive behaviour supports to help you meet your NDIS goals. We will work with you to understand your needs and then deliver the outcomes you desire.

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Our local clinicians will come to you. Or you can come to us. It’s easy. Check out our locations page to see if we have a clinician in your local area. Then call to make an appointment. It’s that simple.

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Low wait times

Depending on your location and services needed, our wait times are lower than industry average. We’re all about getting you the help you need as soon as possible. Let us help get your plan into action today!

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way of supporting people with permanent and significant disability. The NDIS is designed to give individuals greater choice and control over when, where and how their funded supports are provided. The specific support and funding available is based on each individual’s specific needs. You can find out more about what therapeutic supports are funded by referring to the NDIS website.

Ability Action Australia provides therapeutic, positive behaviour and employment supports across Australia.

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