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Early Childhood Intervention

What is early childhood intervention?

Between the ages of 0 to 6 children grow and develop a lot. For many reasons, including pre-birth, genetic and some unknown, some children don’t develop and grow as they should. We understand that this is very worrying for parents.

When a young baby or child needs extra support, help or therapy, our team of experts can assist. We are able to look after 15 children at any time. These are children who have a significant delay in their normal development or those who have been diagnosed with a disability, such as autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

We work closely with the children, family, maternal and child health nurse, paediatrician, doctor and childcare / kindergarten staff to ensure we are all focussing on the individual child’s specific needs.

What is a significant delay in childhood development?

A child has a significant developmental delay if they are not able to meet the usual milestones of development such as:

  • looking after their own care e.g. holding a spoon or feeding themselves and drinking from a cup
  • social/emotional development e.g. mixing with other children to play and join in fun with a group of playmates
  • speech and talking problems e.g. making sounds, speaking words or joining several words together
  • cognitive development e.g. understanding simple instructions
  • sitting up, crawling, walking, running, climbing, riding a trike, holding a crayon or pencil to draw.

What is a disability?

A disability is a problem with an intellectual (understanding), psychological (thinking), sensory (seeing, touching, hearing, speaking) or physical (walking, running, jumping) part of the child.

These problems may be permanent and mean that the child has difficulty communicating with others, learning at kinder and school, and caring for themselves.

‘Workers are “very friendly, caring, motivated and fun”.’

(Parent of a child in the Early Childhood Intervention Program)

How can ISCHS help?

We can help in a number of different ways including:

  • information, advice, guidance and support for families
  • assessment of the individual needs of each child
  • therapy programs and groups for children
  • support for families to help them with their child’s development at home
  • support for day-care and kinder staff where the child attends
  • support to help move into school
  • help for families to understand and use other services available, such as funding for equipment and help at home.

Who can use the service?

Children aged 0 to 6 years (prior to school entry) who have a significant delay in their normal development or a disability can use the service. Referral from a doctor or health professional and assessment by one of our specialist staff is needed.

Where is the service offered?

The service is offered in the southern metropolitan area of Melbourne.

When is the service available?

The service is available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

How much does the service cost?

The service is free of charge.

Further information

To learn more please telephone:

9525 1300

OR email adminenquiries@ischs.org.au

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