What is Early Intervention?
Hand in Hand offers specialized services to children in order to promote the child’s growth and development and supports families during the critical early years. We strive to build a strong partnership between parents and professionals at this early stage which helps the child, family and community as a whole. Early intervention services delivered within the context of the family will:
- Improve both developmental and educational gains;
- Reduce feelings of isolation, stress and frustration that families may experience; and
- Help children with disabilities grow up to become productive, independent individuals.
We believe that the earlier children with or at risk of disabilities receive assistance and the sooner their families receive support towards their children’s development, the further they will go in life.
What are the Benefits to use Early Intervention?
Early intervention services are determined through an Individualized Family Service(IFSP) that is developed for your child and family. The areas of child development which are addressed include:
- cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems);
- communication (talking, listening, understanding);
- social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy);
- physical development (fine and gross motor skills);
- self-help (eating, dressing).
How Are Early Intervention Services Delivered?
Early intervention services are delivered in a therapeutic setting. The parents/ carers are invited to be present during the sessions since we are always looking at working hand in hand with the parents. Services are provided by fully qualified personnel. Involvement of other team members will depend on what the child needs.
Services offered include early intervention sessions, speech therapy sessions, occupational therapy sessions, physiotherapy sessions and group sessions.
Your child s IFSP will include the following:
- your child s present physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional, and adaptive development levels and needs;
- family information (with agreement), including the resources, priorities, and concerns of you, as parents, and other family members closely involved with the child;
- the major results or outcomes expected to be achieved for your child and family; the specific services your child will be receiving;
- which services will be provided
- whether the service will be provided on a one-on-one or group basis;
For more information on the service please contact Jacqueline Abela DeGiovanni on [email protected] or 79474692.