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Te Whanau Kotahi Family Services

Te Whanau Kotahi Family Services are offered on behalf of the Ministry of Health in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty and cover a range of therapies to support children and young people with long term disabilities, and their families.

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Referral Coordinator
The Referral Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of referrals to and within the service of Te Whanau Kotahi. The Coordinator is usually the first contact a family has with Te Whanau Kotahi and will assist initially with the identification of families’ needs and priorities. 

Clinical Psychologist
For children and youth aged 0 to 16 years, we provide psychological assessment and treatment for children with disabilities. Working in close consultation with families they can provide therapeutic intervention using individual, family and group techniques. 

Family Support Worker
Our Family Support Worker has a background in social work and is experienced in providing support, advocacy and information to children with disabilities and their families/whanau. 

For children and youth aged 2 1/2 to 16 years. Physiotherapists will see children who have a physical disability impacting on everyday life. They will assess children who have delays in motor or global development and provide home-based programmes.  Our Physiotherapists may also give support following surgical and medical procedures. Physiotherapists provide assistance with assessment and funding applications for the supply of equipment such as standing frames, walking aids and splints.

Occupational Therapists
For children and youth aged 2 1/2 to 16 years. Occupational Therapists use a holistic approach to assess and provide home programmes for children where their disability impacts on function and daily living - play, leisure, personal care, social and family activities. Occupational Therapists assist in provision of equipment and housing modifications to encourage independence.

Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists (VNT)
For children aged 0 to 2 1/2 years. Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists are a registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. VNTs work in a trans-disciplinary role assessing all areas of children’s development and will do a home-based programme to maximise children’s potential. Emphasis is on function. VNTs see premature or low birth weight babies, children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays and children who have a diagnosed condition such as cerebral palsy and genetic disorders. 

Community Facilitator
The Community Facilitator assists our therapists by giving intensive input through activities and programmes designed by therapists. The Community Facilitator will visit in homes, preschools and schools. The role provides a valuable link between families and therapists and has a good knowledge of community resources.
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