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Exploring different types of therapeutic supports available through the NDIS

Mar.06.2024 By Natalie Woodbridge

Therapeutic supports are an important part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and where appropriate you may receive funding allocations for them in your NDIS plan.

They’re designed to help NDIS participants increase independence, improve functional abilities, and participate more fully in daily activities.

Read on to learn what types of therapeutic supports are available through the NDIS, and how you can access the best ones for you.

What are NDIS funded therapeutic supports?

NDIS therapeutic supports can help to improve functional skills and achieve better performance in daily activities for participants.

Different supports can assist with a variety of things depending on your individual needs, including help navigating social interactions, improving communication abilities, maintaining physical wellbeing, and managing nutritional health.

NDIS therapeutic supports cover a wide range of services and registered NDIS providers, with each therapy type tailored to your personal needs and goals.

Some of the main therapeutic supports available through the NDIS include:

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists are instrumental in helping NDIS participants master essential skills for daily living, community access and work.

This therapeutic support focuses on enhancing personal care, developing social skills, using assistive technology and more, helping to build independence.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy helps build verbal communication while also aiding in non-verbal areas such as swallowing, understanding body language, mealtime management and more.

This therapy is important for participants who face challenges in expressing themselves, need support to build social communication skills to make and maintain friendships and improve literacy skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Exercise physiology

Exercise physiology focuses on the science of exercise and movement.

Exercise physiologists develop customised exercise regimes that cater to the individual needs of participants.

By understanding and applying scientific principles of human movement, exercise physiology can help NDIS participants improve their overall health, manage chronic conditions, and improve physical capacity.


Physiotherapy focuses on the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function as a result of disability, injury, or disease.

Utilising an understanding of the body’s ability to move and function, physiotherapists work with NDIS participants to alleviate physical discomfort, improve mobility, and increase strength and endurance.


Dietetics support is offered to NDIS participants who require professional guidance on nutritional management.

Dieticians provide tailored advice on healthy eating habits, manage dietary disorders, and contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

Behaviour support

Behaviour support strategies focus on nurturing and enhancing social skills, enabling participants to interact more positively and effectively within their community and personal relationships, and to self-regulate their behaviour.

These supports work to enrich the overall quality of life for NDIS participants, empowering them to live more fulfilling and socially integrated lives.

How are NDIS therapeutic supports funded?

If you’re eligible, you may receive funding for therapeutic supports in a few different categories within your capacity building budget in your NDIS plan, such as:

  • Improved relations – focused on funding behaviour intervention supports.
  • Finding and keeping a job – support for participants to achieve their employment goals.
  • Improved health and wellbeing – funding targeted at bolstering participants’ physical and mental wellness.
  • Improved daily living – funds specifically for therapeutic support intended to boost participants’ functional capabilities, daily living skills and independence.

How do I connect with the right NDIS therapeutic supports?

You start by understanding which supports you need, what is covered in your NDIS plan, and then identify which service providers to connect with to help you meet you goals.

Here at MyIntegra we make managing and connecting with the right supports easy.

We offer support coordination, for eligible participants who need a little extra support understanding their plan and connecting with the right service providers.

If you’re looking for support paying your providers and managing your NDIS funds, our plan management service is a great solution.

No matter how much or how little assistance you require, the team at MyIntegra are committed to understanding your NDIS goals and helping you live the life you want, with the right support by your side.

To see how we can help you get the most out of your NDIS plan, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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