A Key Worker is an early childhood intervention professional. They can be from one of the following disciplines: Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist, Special Educator, Family Support Worker or Behaviour Specialist.A Key Worker is selected to best support you and your child’s overall needs.
Why would I choose to have a Key Worker model?
When your child has a delay or disability this can involve many parts of their development. A Key Worker can support you in all areas of your child’s development so that you can prioritise what is most important for your child.
In this model there is one main therapist who collaborates in a team, taking the lead role in providing support across all the areas that your child needs to achieve their goals. The Key Worker closely collaborates with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to share information, ideas, techniques and strategies to offer individualised services to a child and their family.
Evidence shows this method of service delivery is one of the best ways to manage a child’s therapy needs.
- They will provide you and your child with consistent advice, strategies and emotional support that’s tailored to your family.
- They will ensure the child and family gets support from all the professionals in your child’s team, without the disruption of having to engage with multiple therapists, reducing the number of people the child and family need to get to know
- They will collaborate with other people involved in your child’s care, like their childcare, preschool, health services and community, sports or recreation providers to provide strategies to promote learning, development and participation in their various settings.
- They will provide assistance to help you navigate the NDIS’ early childhood approach, access resources, and advocate for your child.
- Beneficial for families with limited funding, allowing them to access multiple supports more affordably
Allied Health Assistant
An Allied Health Assistant works under the supervision of an Allied Health Professional, such as a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or Speech Pathologist, to assist with therapeutic and program related activities.They may be engaged to work in a discipline specific area or assist in the delivery of allied health services across a multidisciplinary team.
Our Allied Health Assistants can help by working with children to practise the activities or skills that their therapist has developed. They also assist our therapists with group programs and support therapy indirectly by helping to create resources like visual aids.
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