BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

Virtual outreach via community connections The Allied Health team in Dalby works closely with Save the Children in Tara, which is about an hour’s drive west of Dalby. A permanent teleHealth hub has been set up at the Save the Children centre using a BUSHkids teleHealth kit iPad, so families who cannot travel or do not have the technology can link up with their BUSHkids worker. Kaylea, from Save the Children, says “the iPads are easy to set up, especially with the meeting code handy! Clients [sometimes] rely on me to join the meeting for them, as they’re not too confident [with technology], but this is an easy process. The iPads are convenient to use and definitely beneficial to provide virtual support to families.” EarlyStart team’s teleHealth-based reset With BUSHkids’ NDIS teams based all over Queensland, the January 2021 reset meant that our integrated EarlyStart Allied Health Team went from working based on their physical location to being part of a remote team to centralise all resources and support children and families across all regions. Cara is a Speech Pathology graduate who undertook clinical placement at BUSHkids and was subsequently successful in securing a position in the EarlyStart team. Brisbane-based Cara works remotely via teleHealth with her team and clients and is very creative in how she does so. Her mantra is that if she isn’t having fun, then the child isn’t either! Here is an example of one of the clients that Cara has worked with this year. Bailey* is a bright, happy two-year-old with limited expressive and receptive communication skills when his family contacted BUSHkids. Cara and his family are working on building Bailey’s ability to string words together into meaningful sentences, follow simple instructions, and engage in interactive social play—all through teleHealth, which the family was keen to try. With this medium, Bailey is able to play and interact with his mum in the familiar environment of his own home, while Cara provides strategies for the family to use in everyday life. Bailey has responded extremely positively to the interactive elements of teleHealth—his ‘explosion’ in two-word phrases came through observing and commenting on Cara’s “magical” green screen teleHealth backdrop where his favourite cartoon characters respond to his commands such as “Bluey, jump!” Bailey’s family is verydedicated to implementing the strategies and techniques learned through teleHealth at home and at daycare, where his educators have been very proactive in supporting the family. Bailey has just turned three and is now making numerous two- and three-word phrases to communicate his needs, comment on the world around him, and interact during play, and his parents are very encouraged by his progress. CASE STUDY #3 BUSH k i d s t e l e H e a l t h c o n t i n u e d Bluey © Copyright Joe Brumm / Ludo Studio A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 14

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