Early Childhood Early Intervention
What is Early Childhood Early Intervention?
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is for children who have a developmental delay. A developmental delay is when a child takes a bit longer to reach milestones such as moving, learning, talking, or behaving. Some children with a disability such as autism, hearing loss, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities are more likely to experience a developmental delay, but the cause isn’t always known. Early childhood early intervention helps improve a child’s development through a range of services. With these services, children often see huge improvements and go to school with little or no extra support.
Early Childhood Early Intervention at Access Your Supports
At Access Your Supports, our early childhood early Intervention services are for children aged 0 – 7 years. We have services in Geelong, Colac and Mildura, and their surrounding areas.
What Early Childhood Early Intervention services does Access Your Supports provide?
Depending on what you need, you will have a team of early childhood early intervention specialists including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Pathologists.
This team will work together to deliver the services, which is sometimes called a Transdisciplinary Approach.
What will my child learn?
Well, this comes down to what they might need! But there are a whole range of skills they can learn.
A Speech Pathologist can help a child communicate, eat and swallow. If your child has trouble with strength, balance and mobility, a Physiotherapist can also help with this. While Occupational Therapists, or OTs, can help children do everyday activities such as grasping and releasing toys, hand-eye coordination, using cutlery, getting dressed, and dealing with anger. They can also look at what equipment a child might need such as a wheelchair or other aids.
Can you help my child start day-care or school?
Yes we can! We know starting something new can be stressful for families, and it’s important that you receive the right support. We can help families to plan for the change, apply for funding, visit the school before they start, and help throughout that transition period.
Are parents and families able to be involved?
Absolutely! We love when families want to be involved and feel comfortable talking to us about their child’s support. We encourage you to speak to our staff about any questions you have during our sessions and have the family involved.
Can Access Your Supports provide family counselling and support?
Yes we can! Our team specialise in providing counselling and support.
We can help your family understand your child’s disability or delay, how this might affect how they learn, and any supports they might need.
We can also connect you with other families, support networks, and even other services.
Will I have a key contact or a Key Worker?
Yes! You will have one main point of contact called a Key Worker.
Your Key Worker will help coordinate your services by managing your Early Childhood Early Intervention team.
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