Christopher Lee is completing his final year of the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders after undertaking four diverse placements in the field.
“Being involved in so many practical experiences was fundamental in helping me develop the confidence needed to work in the professional field,” he says.
Christopher has worked with the Flinders University Community Re-Entry Program supporting adults with acquired brain injury, at the St Johns Grammar School special unit, and the YMCA Holdfast Bay Community Centre, where he investigated barriers faced by people with a disability in participating in the community.
His most recent placement was at Guiding Pathways, a Child Psychology and Behaviour Intervention Service.
“Partaking in a placement at Guiding Pathways was so rewarding, a big highlight was the ability to shadow a Senior Developmental Educator (DE) and experience a day in the life of a DE,” he says.
“Throughout placement I was able to participate in therapy sessions, work alongside children in DCP (Department Children Protection), record data and create practical resources (eg video self-modelling) to support a client's everyday life.”
A Developmental Educator is a multi-disciplinary health professional with expertise in fostering the skills, independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.
The Flinders four-year Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education is the only undergraduate course in Australia to offer our graduates eligibility for full membership with professional accreditation with Developmental Educators Australia (DEAI).