The Developing Foundation was established in 1978 by families seeking appropriate treatment for a loved one with brain injury or developmental disability.
Families are often confused about which therapy to choose and are bewildered that a standard development or rehabilitation plan is not available from medical practitioners. There are several reasons for this:
The Developing Foundation is of the opinion that there are some important points to consider when determining the most appropriate therapies including:
These are the types of assessment:
Rehabilitation programs include:Physiotherapy
Depending on the age of the person and the severity of their injury, it is generally accepted that for treatment to be effective, it must be intense, frequent and be undertaken for an appropriate period of time. There are no "quick fixes" and again, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the injury, the rate and amount of progress will vary from individual to individual.
Experience of therapist
Hospitals may provide therapy but usually for a limited length of time as an outpatient. It is important to start planning ahead to access community services.
Some Government funded service organisations provide free or low cost therapy services but again these are generally limited services and may be difficult to access.
Community-based private therapists.
To assist families, we have compiled a list of therapists and services used by our families which is available in our information resources section.
As treatment for brain injury usually involves a range of therapists over a long period of time, it is important to assess how you will fund your selected programs.Home therapy programs designed and monitored by an experienced therapist and delivered in the home by family and volunteers, provides an affordable alternative.
To assist families, The Developing Foundation facilitates fund raising and offer a funds management program.