|Children with autism are being helped to find their first words by new technology that may promise relief from time-consuming and expensive therapies.
What is St Giles Therapy Service?
We are specialist yet small enough to respond to individual needs.
St Giles has Tasmania’s largest team - 72 - dedicated paediatric physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists who can help your child with activities like kinder gym, handwriting, socialising, exercise, talking, feeding and eating and many other childhood challenges.
We are modern and we are compassionate.
Our centres in Hobart and Launceston are contemporary and calm, light-filled, child-friendly spaces.
We are responsive yet sensitive.
You can self-refer. We will work with you to help your child flourish.
We are national leaders.
Our teams regularly present at National and International conferences.
We are Tasmanian.
Since 1937 we have cared and expertly supported young Tasmanians to find the ability within.
We are peace of mind.
We truly believe that everyone is able to live, work, play, laugh, love, learn, achieve and feel worthwhile if supported and nurtured to reach their fullest potential.
St Giles Children’s Therapy Service
65 Amy Road Launceston - Phone: 63457333
11A Gant Street, Lenah Valley - Phone: 62381818
NDIS: A Watershed
in the Lives of Young People
It is almost a year since young Tasmanians with disability had the chance to become part of the trial for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
A new Federal Government five months into the trial and a change of State Government in March have not impacted on St Giles’ momentous task to adapt, learn and keep working to improve lives within the changing disability system.
`` We took a number of pro-active steps to ready ourselves for the introduction of the scheme, it has been difficult to plan fully for something that did not yet exist,’’ St Giles Chief Executive Ian Wright said.
``Our involvement with the trial has been extensive with many existing and new clients entering the scheme at an early stage.
``It has been particularly pleasing to see that the State Government has recognised from the outset the challenges which will arise as providers transition from one system to another and as a consequence have clients in both.
``The State Government’s willingness to listen and provide support in addressing ongoing transition issues is greatly appreciated,’’ Mr Wright said.
A year on it appears that the scheme will deliver the positives so eagerly sought by people living with disability, their carers and service providers in general.
In addition to this there has been a very positive impact on the staff and the organisation as a whole as we begin to examine and understand ways that we may be able to improve and do things differently
``But it will take time – a generation or at least 10 years – before we see the scheme become embedded and effective for people with disability and their support networks and service providers like St Giles.
``This is a watershed moment in the lives of people living with disability and we are proud to be taking an active role in the delivery of the scheme,’’ Mr Wright said.
Further information can be found at www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au
It must be remembered that this work will not be finished in a few years, but is one which will have to be continued indefinitely ..''
AE Wyett and Tom Room, Annual Report, December 1938