What to look for in early intervention supports

Accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) supports is the best way to support the development and wellbeing of children with disability or developmental delay.

Early intervention can help children develop essential everyday skills. 

Sometimes, children who get early intervention might not need long-term support.

If you are seeking early intervention support for your child you may want to consider the following key points:

  • Is the support family-centred? Supports should actively involve and engage parents and other family members, and be tailored to the family’s circumstances and priorities

  • Is the support child-focused? Supports should be suggested and delivered based on the individual child’s needs and goals, and aim to develop specific skills

  • Is it structured and supportive? Supports should be delivered in an environment where the child and family feel comfortable and be highly structured, well-organised, consistent and predictable, but flexible to adapt to a child’s learning needs on a given day

  • Is there quality of therapy? Supports and services should be based on solid evidence and research, and delivered by practitioners with appropriate qualifications and experience

  • Will there be regular assessment? Supports should be regularly reviewed and progress regularly assessed against the child’s goals and milestones

  • Does it build knowledge and skills? Supports and information provided should build the knowledge, skills and confidence of the family and important people in the child’s life

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