What is a Developmental Educator?

At Talkativity, Developmental Educators work alongside our Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Assistants as part of our therapy team. Developmental Educators is a relatively new profession and are not yet well known in Australia compared to other allied health professionals.

Like Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists, Developmental Educators are university trained allied health professionals. They have completed university level study in both disability and education. DE’s are also required to have practical experience working with people with a disability prior to registration.

Developmental Educators work from a functional, multi-disciplinary approach to support people with a disability and their families. They will draw on skills and experience drawn from areas commonly associated with both speech pathology and occupational therapy, and for many clients can mean a reduction in the amount of people and appointments required to reach their goals. For clients with complex needs, your Developmental Educator may consult with, or work alongside other specialists, such as your speech pathologist and occupational therapist to ensure you are receiving the best support possible.

Developmental Educators have a practical and functional approach to supporting people with a disability and their families. At Talkativity, your developmental educator may support you with:

  • Strengthening family relationships between children and adults
  • Managing daily routines and activities
  • Developing communication skills
  • Increasing your community participation
  • Helping you reach your therapy goals


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