Developmental Education

What is Developmental Education?

Developmental Educators can provide counselling, education, advocacy and support to help you participate in the community and gain greater independence.

They do this through working closely not only with the individual, but also through gathering information from their support network.

Both direct therapy and observations will be completed. Observations of the individual engaging in different tasks and interactions across their natural environments are required to develop their goals and training necessary.

What does Developmental Education at Hessel Group look like?

Our Team of Developmental Educators role includes social inclusion, interacting with the community and maximising quality of life through skills development. They provide counselling, education, advocacy and support.

Before beginning therapy or developing any programs or strategies, our Developmental Educators will complete the relevant assessments with the individual or those around them. These results provide us with a clearer picture of the individual’s strengths and where further work and development is needed and allow us to begin developing plans and strategies that best meet the individual’s unique needs.

Programs are generally structured around six main areas of development:
  • Prompting: Prompting the individual to participate in the activity – prompts can be verbal, gestural, modelling (i.e. showing the action or task), video footage or physical
  • Fading: Reducing the frequency of prompting over time
  • Reinforcement: Provide reinforcement to encourage engaging in the task and continuing to improve the skill
  • Chaining: Linking the specific task to the strengths of the individual. This area includes breaking the task down into smaller, achievable segments
  • Schedules: This includes the development and implementation of functional schedules
  • Rules: Development and implementation of basic rules to assist in facilitating the development of the task or skills
Typical skills and programs that Developmental Educators work on:
  • Transport
  • Cooking programs
  • Personal hygiene & self care (dressing, feeding, etc.)
  • Independent living (House cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.)
A Developmental Education team can help you:
  • Learn new skills
  • Become more independent
  • Increase community participation
  • Achieve your full potential
  • Learn skills to get a job or advance in your current job
  • Move out of the family home
  • Get involved in your community
  • Make new friends
How long are sessions?

Therapy sessions are typically 1 to 3 hours in duration. Sessions can occur as frequently as required, but in most cases, this is either weekly sessions or fortnightly sessions.

Age Range

People of all ages are eligible to have this service.


You may either choose to have these sessions occur in our clinics, the client’s home, educational/ vocational facility or in the community.

Laura Lane
Senior Practitioner, Early Intervention

Laura has been working within the field of Specialist Behaviour Support for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science obtained at the University of Adelaide, as well as a Master in Education (Special Education) majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Flinders University.

Laura’s main interests within the field include Functional Communication Training, development of Positive Behaviour Support plans and providing support within an educational setting. The best part about her role is getting to share in the wins (big and small) with families and seeing the positive outcomes Behaviour Support can provide.


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