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NDIS funded speech therapy in Sydney



Speech therapy in Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s largest city and is home to an abundance of speech therapy services. To become a speech therapist (also known as speech pathologist), one must complete a university degree at the Master or Bachelor level. Speech therapists are found in diverse range of settings and work with people of all ages and medical conditions. Public and private hospitals, primary and secondary schools, private practices, health centres and clinics are often where speech therapists who are funded by the NDIS work.

What does speech therapy involve?

A speech therapist is a trained professional with experience in determining and administering treatment for all types of communication disorders. Speech therapists can commonly work with other medical and allied health professionals and work with children and adults who have problems in literacy (reading, writing), speaking and using voice, social skills, stuttering and fluency, listening and awareness about the proper use of language.Speech therapists also engage with people who have suffered from conditions such as heart attack, stroke or other brain or physical injuries, that may have affected their speech or swallowing functionality.

While speech therapists work with adults and children alike, children more frequently collaborate with speech therapists as these difficulties often show up during childhood, prompting earlier intervention. In children, perhaps the easiest way to think about how speech therapy can help can be divided into three key areas:

  • Difficulties in literacy: Teaching the child to read, write and spell, improve vocabulary, overall understanding of language and fluency in speech.
  • Language difficulties: Help children with problems in expressive language, children who have developed speech late, language impairments, auditory processing issues and social communication disorders. Children with problems comprehending spoken language or have poor ability to structure sentences properly, can benefit from speech therapy.
  • Speech problems: Work on difficulties with articulation delays, fluency (stuttering, repetitive behaviours), speech apraxia, or bizarre or unusual speech.

Is speech therapy covered by the NDIS?

After the implementation of the NDIS inNew South Wales in 2016, more and more services offering speech therapy have been appearing. If a client has the fitting and adequate funding in their NDIS plan, it is possible to get NDIS funded speech therapy in Sydney. Speech therapy belongs with the other allied health therapies, which is categorised in the ‘capacity building’ class of supports. The NDIS is how Australian residents with a permanent medical condition or disability can assume increased assistance so that they have the opportunities to live the kind of lifestyle they want.

As with any funding, it is up to the participant to manage their NDIS funded speech therapy in Sydney. As your budget is finite (NDIS plans are usually for one-year duration), it is crucial that you identify and prioritise your primary goals. This can ensure that you adopt the services that you need most first. If you believe that your funding is scarce for your needs, it is possible to request an early review of your plan from the NDIS, although ultimately there is no guarantee that they will extend your funding. In the review process, you will need to demonstrate documented evidence of why more resources are required, which involves arranging reports, assessments or support letters from relevant therapists or doctors.

What does NDIS funded speech therapy in Sydney involve?

If you have appropriate NDIS funding and want to employ a speech therapist, the first step is to locate a speech therapist that you want to engage with. It is not necessary to have a referral from a doctor to commence speech therapy. Since the launch of the NDIS, there has been an influx of new allied health services that have entered the market.

Once you have an NDIS funded speech therapist in Sydney to commence therapy with, a time for an initial meeting or assessment will be organised. Depending on your disability, needs and reasons for wanting speech therapy, the therapist may want to perform an assessment before commencing therapy. Standardised tests can be beneficial to discover the individual’s current functional level regarding their communication skills, and their results can be compared to averages within their peer group. The assessment’s outcomes can then be utilised to design the person’s therapy needs and goals, along with direct collaboration with the client and their family/carers and other relevant support networks. This ensures that the person’s treatment is specifically catered to their personal requirements.

The amount of speech therapy a client needs will vary from person to person. Chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy or intellectual delays/disabilities commonly lead to a long-term need for therapy, however this also greatly depends on the severity of the person’s condition. Some clients will also need regular therapy sessions (e.g. weekly or fortnightly), while others may only need therapy for a short time (e.g. for a few months following a stroke) or require irregular sessions (e.g. less than once a month).

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What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider



What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider

So you’ve heard the buzzword “startup studio,” but what exactly does it mean to be a startup studio? Here are the answers you need about why startup studios are becoming a popular model for entrepreneurial success and how this trend is changing corporate innovation.

What is a Startup Studio? 

Startup Studio Insider defines a startup studio as an organization that provides investment, resources, and guidance to startups in order to build and launch successful startups in various industries. Some people call it a venture studio, others call it a startup factory or startup studio. No matter what you call it, this startup model is quickly gaining traction in helping launch startups everywhere. 

Startup studios allow founders to focus all their time and energy on developing every aspect behind their business idea, while studios are dedicated to minimizing any challenges that come along the way. By offering a wide range of resources, industry knowledge, and the funding required to build, launch, and support a startup (even after post-launch), startup studios are becoming a game-changing solution for rising startups.

From Atomic to Wilbur Labs and eFounders, numerous startups are being built around the world and gaining major traction along the way. Deciding the best path to found and build a company can be a daunting task. To help you understand the unique offerings of startup studios, here are some of the most important benefits startup studios offer:

What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider

How Startup Studios Protect Startups – Graphic by Startup Studio Insider

  • Strategic Counsel

Startup entrepreneurs oftentimes lack the necessary experience to anticipate the roadblocks that come along with building a business. In addition, the expertise level of a founder doesn’t always cover all grounds including marketing knowledge, product development, testing, and research. That is not a problem for startup studios, as they provide a wide spectrum of tools and resources to build a perfect strategic plan. In addition, studios have access to a wealth of knowledge in technology tools and trends, business operations, human resources, and more, which become part of their core team to help startups succeed. 

  • Core and Shared Resources

Out of all the investment platforms, studios take the most hands-on approach and provide the most resources. With this, startup studios are able to provide access to the largest amount of top-notch resources to help enhance the vision and goals of the startup and cut down the launch time that could usually take a couple of years to about three months. 

  • Human Capital 

Usually, the vast majority of startup companies are made up of small teams. This is why getting the perfect fit to support the launch and operations needs of your business is crucial. Startup studios help tackle this problem by recruiting the right team with diverse backgrounds and broad skills to handle the immense workload that comes with the challenge of launching a startup. 

  • Funding 

Building a startup from the ground off can be exhausting and cash-consuming. What frequently goes wrong is that startup management fails to achieve the next milestone before cash is exhausted. Startup studios are able to solve this problem by refining the needs and expenses required to prepare for the launch and avoid the risk of becoming insolvent by providing funds even after post-launch. This is one of the major differentiating factors of startup studios compared to their competitor founding models out there. 

  • In-Depth Market Research

According to Startup Studio Insider, startup studios are highly selective, and as a result, will not launch a startup without substantial research and data to prove that there is a market and potential for success. This in-depth market research ultimately leads to better decisions when preparing for the launch and can help mitigate any risks in the long run.  

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An Interview with Nathaniel Mell, Founder and CEO of Felt+Fat



Nathaniel Mell

Nathaniel Mell is the founder and CEO of Felt+Fat, a ceramic design, and manufacturing studio serving both professional and at-home chefs. Nate Mell started the Philadelphia-based company in 2014 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and working at the world-renown Philadelphia Clay Studio.

Before his foray into ceramic design, Nate gained experience that included working in a variety of media, including glass, metal, wood, and mold-making. The opportunity to design a beautiful line of plates for Eli Kulp’s award-winning restaurant ‘High Street on Market’ oriented Mell towards exploring ceramic design in-depth. In doing so, he came up with the concept for a ceramic design studio catering to the Hospitality industry. The company name, Felt+Fat, came as a nod to the material explorations and theories of midcentury artist Joseph Beuys, one of Mell’s favorite artists.

Today, Nate Mell’s Felt and Fat has a track record of working with over 100 restaurants worldwide, producing more than 30,000 pieces annually, and being featured in the NY Times, the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and many other publications. Timeless design, ethical manufacturing, and intentionality toward relationships are the core values of the ever-growing team at Felt+Fat.

We recently got a chance to interview Nate.

Nate, Thank you for talking with us. What are the projects that you most enjoy working on?

I most enjoy working on custom projects, specifically for restaurants. Great chefs are artists and our mutual respect for craft and the collaborative energy involved in making a new shape or finish is really exciting. When my part is done I then get to see how they interact with the design, plating their food and presenting it in the context of the restaurant elevates it all to another level.

What was your biggest ‘a-ha’ moment?

This was early on. When I started this business I had been working in restaurants for nearly 8 years, supporting myself as an artist, and a chef asked if I could make him plates for a new restaurant. I said yes and initially took it on as a little gig to make a few dollars. Somewhere during the course of that project, I realized that the top restaurant in the world at the time (Noma) was using custom, hand-made tableware and that meant every aspiring chef in the world would be wanting to do the same now, we were on the crest of what could be a seachange in hospitality tableware. It was an exciting realization and what really prompted me to take this much more seriously.

What has been the most important part of your professional journey?

Understanding the importance of planning. I have never been much of a planner, very good at thinking on my feet and getting done what’s right in front of me, but over the years I’ve learned that sustainable growth happens when you pair that ability with solid, diligent planning and execution.

What are some of the risks that your company is currently facing?

We are currently looking at a lot of avenues for growth. Manufacturing means you are always walking that line of demand vs. supply. If you’re over-supplied that means you’re wasting money, if you’re undersupplied you disappoint customers. We have been growing quite a bit but are looking at rolling the dice on some big purchases that will help us up the supply side significantly, but the risk that the demand doesn’t pan out to justify the expense is always a scary thing.

What would you do with unlimited resources?

Create a top-of-the-line production facility with a best-in-class R&D studio bringing in young, world-class talent to create inventive and exciting new products.

When was the last time you totally lost yourself in doing something?

I routinely lose track of time while working on new designs, it’s easily one of the best parts of the job.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

My off time is spent with my wife and dog primarily. We go for hikes, cook great meals, mix cocktails and read aloud together or spend afternoons working on remodeling our small home (currently painting a new ceiling we put up last month).

You and your team at Felt+Fat are already making a positive impact with the “BadThings Happen in Philadelphia” product line. What more do you feel you can do to make a difference in your local community?

The BadThings line of products was a really fun experiment that allowed us to send money to causes we thought were worthwhile, we’ve often found things like that to do over the years but what I am most excited about moving forward is to be working with Baker Industries here in Philly. Baker finds work for hard-to-employ individuals; primarily the recently incarcerated. We’ve just recently hired our second employee through this program and are so happy to be providing jobs for individuals in our community who would have a hard time finding work otherwise. Not only do we get to help the community, but they have also been some of our best staff! It’s a win-win.

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Inspiration and Wellness At Your Fingertips



There’s a great saying. ‘Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.’ For many people pushing themselves ahead comes naturally and they deal with the challenges of this life with equanimity. However, for many, it takes a little bit of fine tuning before they are able to take various challenges head on. Wellness and Inspiration coaches play a great role in these cases and can help you achieve that level of composure through their expertise.

However, getting such kind of expertise is not possible for many mainly because of accessibility and affordability. Solving this problem is Katherine Appello, Manhattan-based Inspiration and Wellness Coach. Born in New Jersey, Katherine has been helping individuals realize their true potential through meditation and other tools including pre-recorded seminars.

In an Interview with Times of Startups, Katherine said that some of the challenges in her personal life made her more resilient in her efforts. She believes in seeing the glass half full and that we need to take ownership of the choices we make so that we can make different choices going forward. 

The ongoing pandemic has made things tougher for businesses and individuals worldwide. Due to the restriction in movement, it has become even more important to focus on mental wellness. People get inspired by motivational speakers to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Among other things, motivational speakers also help people to succeed in business, improve their relationships, develop a positive attitude, become healthy, achieve financial prosperity, and have more fun in life.

Realizing that in this day of technology, everything possible should be at your fingertips, she provides wellness coaching through video conferencing too. Although, she regularly engages herself in public speaking and Interviews in Manhattan.

The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it. And in that process, it is always better if you can take help from professionals.

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