Noah’s Ark teams of specialists are known as Key Workers. Although they each have specific professional backgrounds, they are highly skilled in all developmental areas and support each other within our Noah’s Ark’s teams in their work with children and families. Key Workers build the skills and knowledge of parents, carers and other important adults in your child’s life to ensure that they learn and develop with familiar people at home and in the community.
Key Workers have expertise in child development, learning and wellbeing more generally. They have university training in a range of different professions including special education, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work and physiotherapy. All of our teachers and therapists are fully qualified and registered with the appropriate professional bodies.
Key Workers have specific training in a range of evidence based programs such as: Hanen® More than Words™ It Takes Two to Talk™, Talkability™, Learning Language and Loving it™, SPARK Communication, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) Tuning in to Kids, PALS social skills program and Early Goals. They are also trained to conduct a range of standardised assessments.
Our Occupational Therapists will work with you to help your child to get the most out of their daily activities; playing, eating, dressing, toileting and sleeping. They’ll help you find fun and motivating ways to develop your child’s fine motor skills like holding a spoon, drawing, and using scissors at home, pre-school or school.
Our Occupational Therapists help you to understand your child’s senses and find ways that support your child to improve their attention and enjoyment. If your child’s independence can be enhanced through home modifications or assistive technology, to help them get around, join in, or to be more independent, they will assess your child’s needs and help you find the supports that suit your child and family life.
Our Physiotherapists will work with you to find fun ways to support your child’s physical development and movement, such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, hopping and climbing.
Our Physiotherapists can also assist with physical skills such as strength, endurance, walking difficulties, balance or coordination. They will work with you to help your child to develop these skills at home, the local park, pre-school, swimming lessons, preschool and school. If your child needs specialist equipment to help them get around, join in, or to be more independent, they will assess your child’s needs and help you find the supports that suit your child and family life.
Our Psychologists are specialists in positive behaviour support, social and emotional wellbeing. They will work with you to support your child to understand their own feelings, develop positive behaviour.
They will support your child to get along with others and feel confident in themselves at home, preschool and school. They will also help you to develop motivating activities that improve your child’s concentration and memory.
Our Specialist Teachers are experts in all areas of child development, learning and social and emotional wellbeing. They will work with you and your child at home, preschool or school to ensure that your child is learning and developing through their everyday activities and interests that engage and motivate them.
We believe that every hour of every day is a learning opportunity for young children. Our Specialist Teachers are are passionate about your child’s education. They will work with other educators to support your child to play, learn and make friends at preschool and school.
Our Social Workers will support you to strengthen your relationship with your child. They recognise the impact of parenting a child with developmental delays and/or disabilities has on the family and support the emotional wellbeing of all family members.
Our Social Workers can assist you to help your child with understanding and managing their emotions and behaviour. They will ensure that you are able to access to your local community activities and programs and help you connect with community and government services when you need them.
Our Speech Pathologists will support you to develop enjoyable ways of enhancing your child’s listening, talking and interaction with others. If your child needs resources and specialised strategies to help their speech and language development, a Speech Pathologist will work with you to tailor supports that meet your child and family’s needs.
Our Speech Pathologists can also help to assess and support your child’s oral motor development and help with feeding and swallowing issues.