Podcast Episode #212

What to do when you think your child has a developmental delay/disability – with Hayley Thiele?

What to do when you think your child has a developmental delaydisability

Raising a child with a developmental delay or disability presents a unique set of challenges and complexities that can feel overwhelming for parents. However, understanding the available support systems and how to navigate them can make a significant difference. In this podcast episode, I talked with Hayley Thiele, the driving force behind Alee Disability Support Services, where she shares invaluable insights into her personal and professional experiences, focusing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia.

Understanding Developmental Delays and Disabilities

Developmental delays refer to when children do not reach their developmental milestones at the expected times. A developmental disability, however, is a more permanent condition affecting physical or cognitive development. Hayley’s own journey with her daughter, Pippa, who was born with Wiedemann-Steiner syndrome, highlights the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.

Navigating the NDIS

For Australian families, the NDIS can be a vital resource in providing support, yet it can also be daunting to navigate. Hayley underscores the importance of advocacy in dealing with the NDIS, ensuring that families communicate effectively and understand the system to secure the support they need. Misconceptions about “parental responsibility” can often hinder access to necessary services. Hayley’s advice? Challenge decisions and seek clarity on how to demonstrate your child’s needs within the NDIS framework.

Seeking Support and Information with Hayley Thiele

Hayley advises parents to start by consulting with child and family health services or the Carers Gateway, which can offer immediate support and guidance. The role of support coordinators is also emphasised, as they can assist in navigating the complexities of the NDIS, much like a legal expert would in a court of law.

Advocacy: The Key to Navigating the System

The journey of advocating for a child with developmental delays or disabilities is not straightforward. It requires persistence, understanding of the legal framework, and sometimes challenging the system’s decisions. Hayley’s experience through her daughter’s health issues and her own battle with cancer has taught her the invaluable role of advocacy in securing the right support.

Finding Balance and Joy Amidst Challenges

Despite the challenges, Hayley’s story is also one of finding balance and joy. Her family’s adventures travelling around Australia in a caravan while managing homeschooling and work responsibilities exemplify the possibility of leading a fulfilling life even in the face of adversity.

Hayley’s insights provide a roadmap for navigating this complex path, emphasising early intervention, advocacy, and the importance of seeking support. Her story is a testament to the resilience of families facing similar situations and a reminder that, even in the most challenging circumstances, joy and fulfilment are within reach.

 ** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition. 

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