Paediatric Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary developmental and disability specialists with expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of children with developmental, emotional, social, behavioural challenges, disabilities and/or acquired disabilities. As allied health professionals, Developmental Educators (also referred to as DE’s) have a practical approach and work holistically to address issues which may affect the function, independence and social inclusion of children with presenting needs and or disability, their families and carers.

Developmental Educators implement and develop methodologies that enable the application of effective strategies to support the child’s and families developmental learning goals of people who experience challenges diagnosed or undiagnosed such as behavioural and emotional dysregulation, anxiety, social skill issues, physical and neurological disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and other disabilities. Paediatric Developmental Educators work closely with families and caregivers, and other allied health professionals who may be involved in the support of an individual.

 

What support can we provide;

· Helping families, caregivers and individuals with developmental, behavioural, social and or emotional regulation difficulties, and or disability understand the impact on a person’s daily functioning and relationships and strategies to support.

· Promoting the physical and emotional well-being of children with disabilities and their parents and caregivers.

· Undertaking developmental and functional behavioural assessment

· Developing and implementing positive behaviour support programs

· Teaching functional life skills including social, communication, self-care, daily living, recreation.

· Providing case management, specialist support coordination, and counselling support.

· Assisting Parents and caregivers of people with a disability to set and attain goals

· Working and liaising with families, service providers, allied health professionals, and community members to enhance the choice, social inclusion and quality of life for people with disability

· Facilitating self-advocacy and / or advocate on behalf of families of children with disabilities

 

Developmental Educators are covered by NDIS and Fachsia funding programs.