If parents, teachers, and other professionals discover a child's disability early and provide the right kind of help, it can give the child a chance to develop skills needed to lead a successful and productive life. It begins from birth or first diagnosis. It involves specialized therapy services for the child, as well as support for the whole family through information, advocacy, and emotional support. Early Childhood Intervention has several goals. Firstly, it is provided to support families to support their children's development. Secondly, it is to promote children's development in key domains such as learning, communication or mobility. Thirdly, it is to promote children's coping confidence, and finally it is to prevent the emergence of greater future problems.
Intervention programs - Interdisciplinary approach
The child should be provided services in a multi-disciplinary setting. Look for a centre which has a team comprising people with varied expertise. An ideal Intervention team generally consists of Speech and Language pathologists, Occupational therapists, Special Educators, Psychologists and Counselors. A key feature of "interdisciplinary model" is where staff members discuss together and work on goals as a team. This approach would be more beneficial to the child as well as the family.
Professionals involved in intervention
A good program should involve the following consultants (along with medical practitioners) who will work as a team to enhance overall development and facilitate independence in the mainstream society. Parents play an integral role and hence should be actively involved in the whole process.