The role of a Disability Support Worker is multifaceted. First and foremost, our position is to tailor support to the individual’s wants, needs and goals; it is very much a person-centred approach as no two people are the same. At Capable Kids South Coast, we offer a holistic and collaborative approach. Our Disability Support Workers work in close collaboration with our therapists to assist in generalising learnt skills in therapy into the home and community environments. This will assist them in achieving their goals in life and participate more independently in the community.
Disability Support Workers may assist, in this case, the child with the following:
- Maximising the child’s independence by assisting and guiding them with their daily living activities. These may include, but are not limited to, maintaining personal hygiene, completing morning, afternoon and evening routines and helping with housework.
- Promoting community and social inclusion via recreational activities and outings such as engaging with service staff when grocery shopping, using public transport, participating in team sports and partaking in activities that the child finds enjoyable.
- Assistance in preparing the child to enter the workforce and become job ready.
- Administrating medication.
- Supplementary support in teaching the child safe community practices, for example, road safety and stranger danger, in conjunction with appropriate behaviour in public.
Essentially, our role is somewhat dictated by what you want for your child. If nothing, we are flexible.