Children with disability really benefit from early intervention – the earlier, the better. But it can be hard to know which early intervention is right for your child. A good early intervention will be family focused, well structured and based on reliable evidence.
According to koodakpress، Early intervention means doing things as early as possible to work on your child’s developmental, health and support needs.
Early intervention services give specialised support to children and families in the early years (from birth to school entry). This support might include special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and help getting universal services like kindergarten and child care.
You can use early intervention services as well as services available to all children, such as child and family health services, kindergartens, community health centres, regional parenting services, child care services, play groups and occasional care.
Early intervention for children with a disability is made up of therapies and services.
Therapies – or interventions – are the programs or sessions aimed at promoting your child’s development.
Services are the places and organisations that offer these therapies. A service might provide one therapy or several types.
Your child can get early intervention therapies and services in many ways, including at home, home via video conferencing, child care and kindergarten or in a specialist setting.
Why diagnosis is important
Early intervention works best when it’s targeted at your child’s individual needs. For this to happen, you need a diagnosis, which says what disability your child has.
Once you have a diagnosis, your child’s specialist or health provider can suggest which early intervention therapy or service might be best for your child. Depending on the needs of your child and family, early intervention might involve a therapist working with your child one on one, a therapist working together with you and your child, or a therapist working in a group session with other children.
If you don’t have a diagnosis, or can’t get one, that’s still OK. A paediatrician might be able to say that your child is slow in reaching developmental milestones in more than one area, such as speech or mobility, because of developmental delay. Then you can work out which early interventions will best target your child’s delays.