Paul, a warehouse worker and Lana, a teacher aide* have first hand experience of these financial barriers. Their eldest son is neurodiverse; accessing the therapies he needs would cost the family $11,460, a sum they simply cannot afford. Like many whānau with neurodivergent tamariki, they will go without, to access something.
Sadly, the impact of the therapy they can afford will be significantly lessened without the other therapies. They know there is more that can be done to support their son; they just can’t afford it.
*Real names not used.