|LEISURE BALANCE PTY LTD|
Specialising in Disability/Therapeutic Assessment
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Leisure Balance was started by Alison Smith in 1993, after working at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre for over 9 years as a Recreation Specialist and Rehabilitation Physical Educator.
Alison has post graduate qualifications in Recreation & Physical Education for people with disabilities, and Disability as well as Diploma of Teaching & Cert IV TAE.
Leisure Balance filled a need for assessment for people with acquired disabilities to access community recreation option after discharge from rehabilitation. Alison was one of the first Community based Recreation Specialists. Alison has been in a number of diverse roles in her working career and volunteer work. These include as an employee, employer, director, committee member, committee chair person, water ski instructor. In all these roles she takes pride in her work and commitment level to the current position. She always aims to be creative and innovative to get the best outcome for her clients.
Over the past 20 + years the focus of her work and voluntary activities has involved working with people with disabilities, from working directly with people with disabilities to running World Championship Event, Water Skiing for people with disabilities and sitting on World Committees.
We assess and support individual choice and aim to address all areas of a person's recreational & social needs.
We assess and explore recreation/social options based on individual interests, skill level and future potential abilities. Many options are offered including individual activities, group, mainstream &/or specialised programs.
We recognise that all people have individual needs and encourage independence. We also acknowledge that all people change over time as do their recreational needs.
RECREATION SPECIALIST/THERAPIST'S ROLE
Our work is based on the belief that quality recreation is a essential part of everyone's life.
We focus on assessing individual needs and goals and endeavour to develop a recreation/social program, which will be on-going, sustainable and will modify to meet the client's changing needs. We also have a strong belief that clients should participate in activities as independently as possible.
Clients are assessed & supported to pursue their interests with appropriate support. Ideally, if possible, this support is established through the community. This may be through linking the client with a volunteer from a mainstream community based club, providing initial support to the client and then monitoring participation, providing education to the Club members regarding the client's needs to successful participate. It is acknowledged that often there is a need for paid support to enable our clients to reach their goals.