Everyday Independence offers the Key Worker model to support families who have a child with developmental delays aged between 0 – 7 years. Research and evidence inform us that the Key Worker model is best practice for supporting children and families in the early childhood years.

The Key Worker is either a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist; depending upon which discipline would best meet the needs of the family and child. The Key Worker is the main therapist that works with the child and their family regularly and intensively. The Key Worker can also work with other important people in the child’s life, such as an educator or a grandparent. The Key Worker will work directly with the child in the child’s home and community, and work with families to develop their confidence and abilities to meet their child’s needs and support their development. The Key Worker will also support the child and family to access mainstream services, such as early childhood education centres and school transition. The focus of key worker input is to support development through play, family life, and community activities.

Therapy input may be required from other therapies; such as Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy; in addition to the regular and intensive input from the Key Worker. The Key Worker can co-ordinate the other therapies. Other therapies can be regular or can be delivered in an intensive, episodic way.

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