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developmental EDUCATION

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Does Everything!

Evidence Based Assessments

Capacity Building

Disability Specialist

Services available online via telehealth video

conferencing and other platforms.

Sessions are developed to teach functional life skills designed to encourage independence, increase the individual's strengths and reduce the time commitment and workload of their parent or carer.

Find out more about what a DE does here

You can also check out the DEAI (Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated) Scope of Practice in Developmental Education here

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Examples of Services Provided

  • Play board and card games (virtually) designed to develop social skills and improve emotional regulation.
     

  • Run groups that develop social skills and build personal relationships for autistic people and those with intellectual disabilities (ages 4-99 years).
     

  • Play games that focus on coin and note recognition, adding and subtracting money and budgeting.
     

  • Assist and support to gain first aid certificate and learner’s permit.
     

  • Identify suitable programs that read aloud and other online apps that assist with daily tasks.

Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary disability specialists with expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities.

 

As allied health professionals, Developmental Educators (also referred to as DE’s) 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. All practicing Developmental Educators are university qualified members of the DEAI (Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated) and abide by the DEAI code of conduct.

In order to achieve the qualification of Developmental Educator, therapists need to obtain a Bachelor of Disability degree which is only attainable through Flinders University, South Australia. 

Some providers in the disability space are not aware of what the role of Developmental Educator encompases, and this can lead to some confusion about whether the NDIS will fund a DE under Capacity Building. Developmental Educators are qualified therapists, and utilise the following line items within the NDIS Pricing Arrangements:

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Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Developmental Educator

$193.99 per hour

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Early Childhood Supports - Early Childhood Professional

  • Developmental Educator

  • Early Childhood Teacher or Educator

  • Occupation Therapist

  • Social Worker

  • Speech Pathologist

  • Other Professional

$193.99 per hour​

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Adaptive Behaviours

  • age-related

  • daily living skills

  • cognitive ability

  • environment

  • physical and emotional trauma

  • identifying limits imposed due to their disability or lack of motivation

As a qualified clinician, Judy has access to a variety of assessment tools. These are designed to provide scientific evidence for NDIS to assist with sourcing the most appropriate funding. Results and explanations can be included in the NDIS reports provided for all clients.

 

All assessments can be conducted online.  Assessments include:

Executive Functioning

  • adaptable thinking

  • planning and initiating tasks

  • self-monitoring

  • impulse control

  • working memory

  • time management and organisation

Individually Tailored Sessions

  • social skills

  • understanding anxiety and how the brain works

  • emotional and social regulation

  • protective behaviours (including online)

  • independent living skills

  • employment choices, pre-employment training and motivation skills

  • money management (certified program)

  • IT and disability friendly software

  • literacy and numeracy

  • parenting training

Autism and PDA Specialist

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance, or preferred by some, Persistent Drive for Autonomy) Aware and trained clinician.   

 

Judy understands PDA individuals have an intense need to feel safe, equal and in control in a world that feels immensely threatening. 

 

Children with this disorder feel threatened by even the most trivial of requests, e.g. "put on your socks". Attending school with its rigid system of demands can also lead to huge trauma.  Many of the children Judy works with don't attend school; not because the WON'T, but because they CAN'T.

 

People with PDA generally use avoidance strategies such as negotiation and distraction techniques, and if these don't work, can result in extreme anxiety and dis-regulated behaviours. Nothing about this disorder is a choice, it is a physiological and neurological automated nervous system response to the environment. PDA is considered part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder, although people with this disorder generally have greater creativity, better socialisation skills on the surface, and can make eye contact.

 

PDA is more common in females than males. 

 

Judy works with children and adolescents with PDA across Australia. She delivers Telehealth sessions designed to provide a physically safe environment that assists the child to stay within their window of tolerance. Judy works to develop a sense of trust and provides opportunities for each individual to make choices about the content of their session. A child lead approach is used, and Judy incorporates a collaborative and proactive approach to learning. 

 

Parental training is also available to assist you to understand and work with your PDA child to reduce anxiety, modify your language, and develop new skills. Leading to a more balanced and stable home atmosphere.

Therapy session

Stefan comes to Mojo Mentoring with a wealth of knowledge in therapeutic applications to assist in developing self regulation, mental health and connection to SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Based), not to mention he has the charisma to match!

Stefan has recently been accepted by DEAI 

(Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated) and can now support clients seeking Developmental Education through their Capacity Building budgets!

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Scope

  • skill development

  • mental health assessment (Kessler 10)

  • disability advocacy

  • behaviour support

  • access education

  • capacity building

Personal Skill Set

  • assisting to assess normal developmental lifespan milestones in conjunction with Disability, as often any change in the person is attributed solely to the disability (eg puberty, school transitioning, relationships etc)

  • offering Narrative and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tailored to the individual to improve and strengthen approaches to managing daily life, social skills and capacity building

  • with years of experience in Employment Services, Stefan has also fostered great connections with other service providers to connect and support people in their journey to meaningful employment participation

  • supporting Participants to identify and connect with practical, local, sustainable activities that build skills, connections and social participation

  • practical teaching approach to support development in money handling and purchasing, and social component skills (greeting, eye contact, turn taking, patience etc) through verbal/card instructions

Several staff are also qualified to deliver sexual health inclusive education to students from year 3 to year 12 through the SHINE program. 

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