Services

Initial Assessment

Initial Assessment

Initial Assessment

Achieving Abilities currently offer a range of services:

  • Initial assessment

  • Subsequent one-on-one sessions (30min, 45min, 60min options)

  • Hydrotherapy 

  • Various group class options - coming soon 

If you would like to discuss the different options, please contact Lauren at Achieving Abilities today.   

Please note services are offered by appointment only.  

Initial Assessment

Achieving Abilities offer 60min initial assessments. 

During the initial assessment a detailed assessment will be conducted regarding history, strengths and challenges in various domains, and establish goals.  Clinically necessary, physical assessments may be conducted during this session.

When making your booking, a condition/diagnosis will be asked prior to ensure that the 60min assessment can be tailored to suit the individual to maximise the time.  It is asked that you bring with you, any referrals, forms etc from other allied health and medical team you may have. 

Please note - An initial assessment must be conducted before taking part in any other services.

One-on-one subsequent

Achieving Abilities offer one-on-one exercise sessions as either 30, 45 or 60 minute appointments depending on the individual needs, capability and age of the individual. During a one-on-one session, the individual will complete an age-appropriate, supervised exercise session with the Exercise Physiologist that is specific to their needs, goals and ability. Sessions will typically involve aerobic, strength and flexibility as the foundation, but will include balance, coordination and other areas that may benefit the individual.

 

Where possible, sessions will aim to incorporate skills that are of focus with other Allied Health professionals, such as turn-taking, communication techniques etc. These will need to be communicated by the professional or parent. 

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy services will be offered to those where water-based exercise may be more beneficial than land-based exercise, or may be clinically necessary. 

 

Hydrotherapy sessions are one-on-one, 30minute appointments in the pool, and will follow a similar structure to the one-on-one land-based exercise sessions

Group sessions

*more information coming soon

Individual suitability will be dependent on age, capability and individual needs. 

Please note:  suitability will be assessed on an individual basis. All efforts will be made to allow transition into a group class if that is the desire. Participants will also need to have completed an initial assessment, and in some instances, some one-on-one sessions before transitioning into a group class to ensure safety. 

What to expect

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Exercise Physiology is the 'new kid' on the Allied Health block, so it can be a bit of an unknown for people who have not heard of it.  Below is a guide of what you can expect from Exercise Physiology services.

*Please note the descriptions are only a guide, and will vary depending on the individual, family and the clinical presentation of the individual, and referral type. ​

  • Appointments can be made either by calling directly, or sending an email through expressing your interest, and Lauren will speak with you to make the initial appointment.

  • You may be provided with a brief information sheet to complete prior to the initial appointment which provides a brief background, which allows us to plan ahead and make any necessary adjustments for your initial appointment. If necessary, a 'preparation card' can be provided prior to ease any anxiety about a new environment, person, or activity etc.

  • A referral from a doctor or health professional is not required (unless you are seeking treatment under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan from your GP). However, providing any information, reports or assessments regarding the individual is extremely helpful, as it allows us to best suit the needs of the individual.

  • The first session will focus on collaborating with the individual and their family, to formulate a plan to work toward the desired outcomes and goals. Some physical assessments or observation may take place during the first session. 

  • Depending on the complexity of the individual, a second session may be needed for additional  'physical' assessments.  These will be relevant to the goals identified in the initial assessment, and/or as recommended by a referring professional. Examples of these may include aerobic fitness, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills. These may occur as a formal or informal observation during the session. These allow us to gain a starting point, and give us something to compare to later to identify progress and improvement.

  • Once all assessments are completed, a report is written to summarise any findings, areas of concern, and goals for exercise therapy. The report will also include the discussed plan. A copy of the report will be provided to the family, referrer, or any other professionals who are involved in the care of the individual. 

  • Subsequent sessions following assessment will provide exercise therapy in various forms, and may use different equipment, to achieve goals outlined. 

  • Liasing with other professionals can be organised where necessary, or at the request of the family or other professionals, or NDIS.