Early intervention refers to identifying the issues and concerns of the child at a very early stage, between 0-5 years and providing programs and services to meet the developmental needs of the child in a timely manner.
With the help of early intervention, we can identify the strength and weakness of a child. After an assessment, if any developmental hindrance is identified, we design programs to achieve the desired milestones. The programs so designed can be either home programs or programs performed by specialists. The experts do the assessments after discussing with the child’s parents and peers, set certain goals, create a treatment plan and continue to review that to see how the child is progressing.
Why early intervention is important?
Age 0 – 3 years are crucial in our life. Our experiences during these years influence our brain development so it is important to have lots of positive learning and emotional experiences. That’s why it’s important for families to seek to have early intervention as soon as possible.
What can early intervention achieve?
Early intervention methods often an emphasis on supporting four key aspects of child development like:
- Social and emotional development
Where it is important to make the biggest difference and provide benefits during a person’s life.
How does it work?
A baby is born with lots of mental and physical growth still to do. Specialists design programs to support the growth to achieve the desired goals based on an evidence based approach.
Recognition and response through early intervention is integral to avoid developmental delay. The emphasis should be on using interventions that have been found to be effective through scientific research and on linking assessment results to interventions that are specifically tailored to address individual needs.