Government funded programs
Kids Are Kids! provides a range of government funded programs including Better Start for Children With Disability, Helping Children with Autism, Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan services and Child Development Service Speech Pathology services.
Kids Are Kids! provides a range of government funded programs to children and their families. Our Understanding Funding and Scholarships brochure will help you to understand the many ways you can access our services. Our programs offer high-quality Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and/or Psychology services to support your child’s skill development and increase their independence and participation in the community. Our programs include:
Autism Diagnostic Assessments
We are a panel provider to the Disability Services Commission to provide statewide Psychology and Speech Pathology assessment services to WA children.
Referral process: families will be referred to Kids Are Kids! by the Disability Services Commission.
Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative
For children or a family member with a recognised mental health issue, Medicare provides rebates for psychology services. Eligible clients can claim a maximum of ten (10) sessions per calendar year under a Mental Health Care Plan.
Referral process: to access this program, families will need a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP for services recommended in their care plan.
Better Start and NDIS
Kids Are Kids! provides comprehensive early intervention therapy services for DSS or NDIS funded children and their families. We offer a multi-disciplinary, hands-on therapy service and support program to help children develop important skills and prepare for their first year of school.
Children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Sight Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Prader Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Cri du Chat Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Microcephaly fit the eligibility for Better Start Funding.
Under DSS, eligible children can receive early intervention therapy services funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year) up until their 7th birthday. The funding can be accessed across a number of financial years, up until the child turns 7, or until the child has used all of their available funds, whichever comes first. Up to 35% of funding may be used for equipment and resources (in any one financial year and up to $4,200 in total).
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national scheme that provides families with the ability to have more control over choosing the service that works best for you and your child. Once a child has an approved plan with their NDIS planner, we can provide the full range of early childhood services. For more information about NDIS in WA visit https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/about-us/our-sites/wa.html or call us on 9313 6566 to discuss and questions you may have.
Please download our Better Start brochure here.
Child Development Service
Kids Are Kids! has been appointed by the Metropolitan Child Development Service to provide Speech Pathology services to children living within the Fremantle region (formerly Southwell). Families seeking publicly provided speech pathology services through Fremantle CDS are then referred on to Kids Are Kids! to receive their therapy assessment and treatment.
Referral process: to access this program, families will need to contact their Child Health Nurse, GP or Paediatrician to become registered with Fremantle CDS.
Chronic Disease Management Pan (CDMP)
For children with a recognised chronic medical condition, Medicare provides rebates for speech pathology, occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy services. Eligible children can claim a maximum of five (5) sessions per calendar year under the CDMP program.
Referral process: to access this program, families will need a referral letter from their GP for services recommended in their care plan.
Helping Children With Autism
Eligible children can receive early intervention therapy services funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year) up until their seventh birthday. This Program is for children who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder from a Paediatrician, Psychiatrist or multidisciplinary team (including a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist) and who have been registered by an Autism Advisor before their sixth birthday.
KidStart Early Intervention Program
Kids Are Kids! provides comprehensive early intervention therapy services for Disability Services Commission (DSC) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded children and their families. We offer a hands-on therapy service and support program to help children develop important skills, prepare for school and transition successfully in the first years of primary school. KidStart is available to children aged up to 8 years of age, depending upon assessment and eligibility.
Children registered under the Better Start and Helping Children With Autism programs are also eligible for Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.
Referral process: to access these services, families will need to be registered under either the Better Start or Helping Children With Autism program.
NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
Kids Are Kids! is a registered provider of NDIS. Our services can link NDIS funding in with KidStart Early Intervention Program, Helping Children With Autism Program (HCWA), Better Start, and Fee For Service (FFS) as and when required by families. We are adaptive and accepting of every families needs; we will strive to provide therapy for your child in the most affordable way possible.
We are here to help
We understand that the health system can be complex and we support families to understand what programs and services you may be eligible to receive. For further details about any of our programs or to discuss your child’s difficulties and needs please contact our caring and friendly team on 9313 6566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.