Barb is a Registered Developmental Educator and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (autism, ADHD and dyslexia).
Barb embraces a collaborative approach by working with health and educational professionals, support staff, employers, employees, families and caregivers to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a person-centred approach in fostering positive support and enhancement of life outcomes.
Barb focuses on developing individualised learning strategies, tools and supports with positive outcomes for neurodivergent individuals across the lifespan. Her services include, but not limited to:
- Adaptive Behaviour Assessments & Comprehensive Report
- NDIS Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) & Comprehensive Report (Vineland 3, WHODAS 2.0, LSP-16)
- **Adult Autism Assessments & Comprehensive Report
- **Adult ADHD Assessments & Comprehensive Report
- Sensory Profile Assessment & Comprehensive Report
- Environmental audits/assessments
- Developing informative individual profiles
- Individualised support plans (person-centred approach)
- Positive Behaviour Support Plans
- Goal and vision planning
- Facilitating self-determination and self-advocacy
- Establishing effective communication skills
- Cultivating positive interpersonal skills
- Employment/Workplace Support – workplace social skills, executive functioning, sensory management
- Workplace mediation
- Staff/workplace training – autism, neurodiversity
- Transition Support – e.g. school to higher education, education to employment
- Developing independent living skills
- Enhancing Quality of Life (QoL) and community participation
**Please read full information on adult autism and ADHD assessments and pathway to full diagnosis. CLICK HERE.
Barb has extensive professional training, clinical supervision and clinical experience in the areas of autism and ADHD in adults. Barb works alongside leading world authorities on autism, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, and co-created and co-delivers the Masterclass on Diagnosis and Intervention of Autism for Girls and Women for health professionals and educators. Barb has extensively worked alongside a variety of clinical psychologists, including working at the Minds and Hearts Clinic in Brisbane that specialises in autism. Barb works extensively in academic research, with published research papers on autism and mental health. Also, Barb has been engaged in casual part-time teaching in the Master of Autism (education) post-graduate degree program.
Barb produced her internationally recognised and bestselling book on autism in women, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism with Dr Michelle Garnett, filling the gap in literature between lived experience of autistic women and the clinical knowledge.
Barb is registered with the following professional associations with her relevant specialised degree qualifications and specialist assessment training to conduct clinical assessments:
- Pearson Clinical Level B
- Psychological Assessments Australia Level C, M, ADI-R & ADOS-2
- Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) WFP, spare 2, WFP1, WFP2, WFP1R, WFP2R, WFP-FC
What is a Developmental Educator (DE)?
Developmental Educators are highly skilled multi-disciplinary disability specialists with passion and expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. They have a practical approach and work holistically across the life span to address issues which may affect the function, independence and social inclusion of individuals with disability, their families and carers.
Developmental Educators implement and develop methodologies that enable the application of effective strategies to support the individual developmental learning goals of people who experience challenges such as acquired brain injury, physical and neurological disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and other disabilities.
They also work closely with families and caregivers, and other allied health professionals who may be involved in the support of an individual.
Developmental Educators are highly valued and sought-after professionals in the disability sector, by both parents of individuals with disability and disability service providers to provide developmental and behavioural assessments and intervention supports in line with NDIS Plan.
For more information on Developmental Educators click here.
Information source www.deai.com.au