What is Early Childhood Intervention?
Early Childhood Intervention is the specialised supports and services available for infants and young children with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. The early childhood years are a period of rapid brain development, rapid acquisition of skills, and rapid learning. Early childhood intervention aims to harness this period of rapid development. Supports and interventions also aim to help children to participate in their daily and community life as optimally as possible.
Early childhood intervention services can include therapy, education, support, counselling, and advocacy or access services. Different children and families will require different services depending on their individual needs. Each early intervention program should be individualised to meet the specific needs of the child and family.
Early childhood intervention supports and services almost always adopt a family-centred approach. A family-centred approach recognises that parents and family members know their child best. Parents and families and are the people who have the most influence on any child’s development. As a result, Early childhood intervention aims to help parents and families to support, engage with and nurture their child so that they can get the best start at life.