What is a Developmental Educator (DE)?
Developmental Educators are highly skilled multi-disciplinary disability specialists with passion and expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. They have a practical approach and work holistically across the life span to address issues which may affect the function, independence and social inclusion of individuals with disability, their families and carers.
Developmental Educators implement and develop methodologies that enable the application of effective strategies to support the individual developmental learning goals of people who experience challenges such as acquired brain injury, physical and neurological disabilities, autism spectrum, intellectual disability, and other disabilities.
They also work closely with families and caregivers, and other allied health professionals who may be involved in the support of an individual.
Developmental Educators are highly valued and sought-after professionals in the disability sector, by both parents of individuals with disability and disability service providers to provide developmental and behavioural assessments and intervention supports in line with NDIS Plan.
For more information on Developmental Educators click here.
Information source www.deai.com.au
Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc. is a Developmental Educator, Adult ADHD Coach and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (autism, ADHD and dyslexia).
As a Developmental Educator, Barb focuses on developing individualised learning strategies, tools and supports with positive outcomes for neurodivergent individuals across the lifespan, including but not limited to:
- Environmental audits/assessments
- Comprehensive Adaptive Behaviour & Functional Assessments & Reports
- Assessments & Reports for NDIS (Vineland 3, WHODAS 2.0, LSP-16)
- Adult Autism Assessments & Reports
- Adult ADHD Assessments & Reports
- Sensory profile Assessment & Reports
- Developing informative individual profiles
- Individualised support plans (person-centred approach)
- Positive Behaviour Support Plans
- Goal and vision planning
- Facilitating self-determination and self-advocacy
- Establishing effective communication skills
- Cultivating positive interpersonal skills
- Employment/Workplace Support – workplace social skills, executive functioning, sensory management
- Workplace mediation
- Staff/workplace training – autism, neurodiversity
- Transition Support – e.g. school to higher education, education to employment
- Developing independent living skills
- Enhancing Quality of Life (QoL) and community participation
Barb embraces a collaborative approach by working with health and educational professionals, support staff, employers, employees, families and caregivers to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a person-centred approach in fostering positive support and enhancement of life outcomes.
To make an appointment with Barb, please click HERE.