What is the key worker approach?

Currently viewed as best practice in early childhood intervention, the key worker model is a collaborative approach that gives you access to a range of specialists, but therapy is delivered in a personalised way through one qualified professional called your key worker.

Choosing the one over the many

This collaborative approach centres on one professional becoming the key contact for your family. That professional could be a a speech pathologist or occupational therapist, or early intervention practitioner who can draw on the expertise, knowledge and skills from within their team and deliver that expertise within your home environment, child care centre or another place where your child spends time.

If at any stage they need to draw on the expertise of another professional in the team, your key worker can then either liaise in greater detail with the relevant professional, or even bring them in to visit the family at key stages of the process.

Great outcomes in a familiar environment

We deliver our therapy in a mix of clinical settings and in places where your child lives, learns and plays. This enables a much more natural, yet extremely focused process. It also allows the key worker to teach skills to you and others that are significant to your child’s learning with a focus on developing skills that help the child to participate. This means the therapy can continue even when the key worker is not there. Repetition and opportunities to practice leads to more powerful and sustained outcomes for children and families.

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