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Developmental Education

Developmental Educators work with people who have disabilities on developing their strengths to enhance their quality of life.

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Developing the skills and abilities to be independent.

Developmental Educators work with people who have disabilities on developing their strengths to enhance their quality of life.

Our developmental educators work multi-disciplinary and holistically to improve independence, learn skills and cope in environments.

Our approach is based on an initial assessment and is then tailored to the needs and circumstances of you and your family.

To learn more about our Developmental Education services or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.

Our Developmental Educators can help with the following:

  • Promoting the physical and emotional well-being of people with disabilities
  • 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, and employment
  • Providing case management, specialist support coordination, and counselling supports to people with disabilities
  • Assisting people with a disability to set and attain individual 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 people with disabilities
  • Supporting individuals with disabilities to transition to, access and maintain meaningful vocational experiences
  • Helping families, caregivers and individuals with disability understand the impact of disability on a person’s daily functioning

What do our developmental education services involve?

At ESA, our developmental education team are dedicated and qualified in occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and psychology.

This allows a diverse group of clinicians with various skills to support your family in learning new skills and gain greater independence.

We help anyone who needs support, and their therapy or treatment will be tailored to each individual.

We will often meet with you initially to gather background information and comprehensive history to help a clinician understand your child’s development. The sessions then would be a combination of working with your child, working with the parent or caregiver, and then working altogether.

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Developmental Education programs

As part of your therapy journey your developmental educator may recommend some therapy programs to assist in achieving your goals including:

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Core Strengthening / Gym Programs
Core stability exercises are designed to improve the strength and efficiency of abdominal, spinal, pelvic floor and hip muscles. Improved core strength has positive outcomes for coordination, control, flexibility, strength, posture, pain and balance.
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School Readiness Programs
Support your child prior to commencing school or during school transitions to develop the skills they need to be confident and independent at school.
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Social skills groups
We run small social skills groups for children experiencing difficulties fitting in at school or with their peers.
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Feeding Therapy
Research indicates that children rarely ‘grow out’ of picky eating. They need help to work out what aspects of eating are hard for them and then to work on the skills they need to overcome these difficult aspects.
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Handwriting Therapy
Developing functional handwriting is vital for success at school. We can provide tailored handwriting therapy and remediation programs to assist your child to become a more confident and efficient writer.
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Find a clinic near you

We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Developmental education services

Developmental education can support your family and your child to reach their full potential by assisting them in learning new skills to improve their functional and social development, providing them with specialist and personalised support to enhance their independence and wellbeing.

In simple terms, they will provide the support and tools needed to attain individual goals and maintain meaningful experiences in daily functioning.

It can help you and your child learn why they are feeling or behaving the way they do and how you can manage them together. Developmental Educators will provide case management, support coordination and counselling supports. They will also teach functional life skills that can help them in self-care, recreation and employment. Support extends to help families and caregivers have a deeper understanding on the impact of disability on a person’s daily life and become an advocate on behalf of people with disability.

Yes, it’s always good for the developmental educator to find out the best way to approach your child’s needs.

The ESA difference

esa difference

Our dedicated teams of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists work with our clients to help them meet their growth and development goals.

We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.

Why choose Early Start Australia

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Multi-disciplinary team

Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

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Australian wide network of centres

We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.

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Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.

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Let’s get started on your therapy journey. If you’d like to book an appointment or simply have a question complete the form below and we’ll get back to you soon.

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