Developmental educators in Child and Youth Services (CYS) specialise in disability and focus on learning and developmental outcomes for children and young people with disabilities and their families. Developmental educators work from a holistic and strength based approach to enhance the skills that children and young people with disabilities and their families need for everyday living and participation.
The services provided by our developmental educators include:
- Information and education to your family about disability (for example developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability) and the impact on your child's development, behaviour and relationships.
- Assessment of your child's development that helps build understanding of their disability and the priorities for skill development, such as toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, sleeping, and social skills such as play and relationships.
- Assessment of your child's behaviour difficulties.
- Positive behaviour support planning and intervention, including providing support to your family to implement effective behaviour strategies.
- Assistance to create functional routines in your family that assist the independence of your child with daily living skills.
- Transition support to assist your child to cope with change such as changing or commencing school or attending respite.
- Creating adaptive aids such as visual supports and augmentative communication to enhance your child's understanding and communication.
- Parenting support.
- Case management support to your child and family.
Developmental educators work closely with your child's other therapists and support services to provide a coordinated and comprehensive service.