Early childhood intervention is a support mechanism for children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Early childhood intervention is crucial – it’s based on the notion that the first years of a child’s life can set the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health outcomes.
It aims to promote age-relevant growth and development during their childhood years and provides support to the child’s family. Early intervention can also be for children who are victims of or at high risk of child abuse or neglect, families can improve parenting skills. Family counselling can mitigate future costs for a child’s developmental needs (e.g. special education, rehabilitation, health), children with negative behaviours or poor social skills (e.g. anger management, bullying, attention deficits, self harm, poor diet, alcohol abuse etc.), children at high risk of academic development delays (e.g. consistently poor literacy and numeracy results) and new migrants who speak little or no English.
There is growing evidence that intervention can prevent or stop problem situations such as crime, illiteracy and unemployment – having positive long-term benefits, rather than treating the problem after it has developed. It has also been suggested that stimulating brain development can have an impact on sculpting the brain’s neuro pathways, which continue to develop as intervention programs take place.
What does CEADA do to help?
We work with children, their carers, school, medical practitioners, respite carers, allied health service providers and various agencies to develop individual support service plans for that child from a range of services such as:
• facilitating access for special equipment • access to resources and information libraries • professional learning for carers • funding or subsidies for support services • access to Counselling services • access to parenting workshops • access to respite care or allied health care services • neurodevelopment programs through NACD • literacy and numeracy intervention • behaviour management programs • speech therapy • occupational therapy • multi-sensory therapy