EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION
Early childhood intervention is a support system for children with developmental disability, and/or delays and their families.
If a child experiences a developmental delay, this can compound over time. The principle of early intervention is to provide appropriate therapy for children with disabilities, to minimize these delays and maximize their chances of reaching normal milestones in child development.
Up to 5 years of age you are entitled to, and able to access quite a number of government support services i.e. early childhood intervention services. They don’t cut off after 5 (school age) but the number is reduced slightly and the availability once a child is in school seems a lot less – that is my personal experienced opinion.
As quoted by the website: Department of Education and early Childhood development in Australia:
Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) provides special education, therapy, counseling, service planning and coordination, assistance and support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.
Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and focused on supporting the child in their natural environments, in their everyday experiences and activities. These services are funded through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and provided by Specialist Children’s services teams and Early Childhood Intervention agencies.
The overall aim of these services is to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to meet the needs of their child and to optimise the child’s development and ability to participate in family and community life. All services are provided using a family-centred approach, recognising the importance of working in partnership with the family.
Where to get information?
Access what you can – referrals and information can be obtained from your maternal health nurse, GP and or Pediatrician. It is available to you and they can your family further.
Our personal experience tackling the Kinder Year and Transition to School
My son was first referred via a maternal health nurse and we accessed a number of early invention programs in our area before he attended school. Speech pathology was one of them.
We also split his kinder year with an early invention program for children with developmental delays and disabilities. They ran a transition to school program and we were able to access services for physiologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapy at this program at no cost or little cost.
He went to the local kinder twice a week as well and participated in their program. The following year he went to the local primary school with children from the local kinder.
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