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NDIS launches Jack 'skyrocketing ahead'

CHILDHOOD FREEDOM: Young Jack, 5, is now functioninglike any other child his age thanks to the NDIS. Photo: contributed
CHILDHOOD FREEDOM: Young Jack, 5, is now functioninglike any other child his age thanks to the NDIS. Photo: contributed Georja Ryan

JACK joined the NDIS at age three, and proud parents Bree and David said catching his developmental delays early has made a massive difference to how their son now functions - like every other child his age.

Thanks to the scheme's focus on early intervention, Jack is "skyrocketing ahead" with his speech, writing, recognition and motor skills, so much so he is now age appropriate and able to exit the scheme.

"As first-time parents we didn't know which way to go," Bree said.

"We didn't know what Jack needed or what he didn't need, so having the NDIS there to help us develop an action plan, then review it, to see if he had developed or if he needed extra help, was great."

The couple said the range of NDIS registered therapists they could engage was huge.

"Now Jack is five. He's in pre-primary and doing really well, and thanks to regular speech and occupational therapies, he has skyrocketed ahead with his speech and writing and recognition skills, and he's up to speed with his gross motor skills," Bree said.

"Even though Jack has exited the NDIS, I've been reassured if we ever need help again, the scheme is always there, and that is very reassuring."

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