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‘What is capacity building?’ Common questions about the Nextt Steps program answered.

‘What is capacity building?’ Common questions about the Nextt Steps program answered.

Capacity building programs are an integral way the NDIS helps people with a disability. If you’re a parent of a child with a disability, it can be hard to understand what capacity building programs entail.

So what is capacity building, anyway?

Here are a few things you should know about capacity building and our Nextt Steps program.

What is capacity building?
When it comes to the NDIS, one of the most common questions people ask is ‘what is capacity building?’

Capacity building is all about helping people develop the skills they need to lead happy, independent lives. There are many capacity building programs are funded by the NDIS, including the Nextt Steps program.

As every participant in Nextt Steps is different and unique, their capacity building program will vary depending on what goals they want to work towards.

What kinds of activities does capacity building involve?
Capacity building can cover anything from developing life skills such as cooking or dressing oneself, to learning how to catch public transport, as well as developing social skills needed to thrive at school or at work.

What makes the Nextt Steps program unique?

The Nextt Steps program follows on from early intervention programs to continue to give children and young people with a disability the ongoing support they need. Each participant’s program is personalised to cater to their individual strengths, challenges and unique goals.

Every Nextt Steps participant is partnered with a program support worker and a program supervisor – who is a qualified health professional – who create and carry out their individual program. Each program typically includes a minimum of 4 hours of face-to-face time per week.

At Nextt, we believe that developing a strong relationship between the participant and program support worker is crucial to a young person’s success. That’s why we try our best to ensure that the personalities of our participants and program support workers complement each other.

When do capacity building programs run?
Most of the participants in the Nextt Steps program are of school age, so most of our capacity building programs run before school or after school. However, the Nextt Steps program is flexible, working around the timetable of the participant and the type of support they need.

Many of our program participants focus on building morning and after-school routines, such as getting dressed into or out of uniforms, preparing meals for themselves and packing or unpacking school bags. Our program support workers can meet participants in their home, at the school gate or a location relevant to their support plan.

Depending on the individual needs of the participant, the one-on-one time after school is also used to help young people learn through play. Whether that’s working on written or verbal communication or building social skills, our program support workers make capacity building as fun as possible.

What does success look like in the Nextt Steps program?
The unique goals of the individuals in our Nextt Steps program means that success takes a variety of different forms. For one of our 14-year-old girls with physical disabilities, it has meant being able to dress herself for the first time. For one of our 9-year-old boys with down syndrome, it has meant being able to make toast for himself after school. For some of our children with autism, it’s meant making friends at school.

We love seeing our program participants grow in confidence and ability, as well as seeing how proud they are of their own efforts and progression. This is what inspires us to do the work that we do.

For more information about how our capacity building programs, such as Nextt Steps, can help you or your loved one, contact the Nextt team today!