Early Intervention

Acting early on developmental concerns to make a real difference for your child and you!

The early childhood years lay the foundation for all future development. Recent scientific evidence shows that early experiences literally shape our lives by affecting the way the young brain develops. What happens to us in the early years has a major effect on our health and social development right through to adulthood. Therefore, we must ensure that children’s early experiences are positive – that they have a secure foundation for development.

What is Early Intervention?

 

This is the term generally used to describe services and support that help babies and toddlers (from birth to 3 years of age in most states/territories) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. However NDIS refers to Early Intervention as children that are 8 years of age and under. Intervention includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family. Early Intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and increase their success in school and life.

Intervention is likely to be more effective when it is provided earlier in life rather than later. The connections in a baby and toddler’s brain are most adaptable in the first five years of life. These connections, also called neural circuits, are the foundation for learning, behavior, and health. Over time, these connections become harder to change. The early childhood years are just as important for children with disabilities and developmental delays as they are for all children. All their future development is based on the critical learning patterns laid down during this period.

Why Early Intervention is Important

Intervention works! Early intervention services can change a child’s developmental path and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.

How Kool KATTS works to the early intervention best practice guidelines.

FAMILY

The intervention you receive at Kool KATTS is the gold standard of family centred practice. Our therapists welcome all parents and caregivers into the session. Our role is to empower parents to learn the skills and techniques we use so that parents are able to provide play as therapy to their children every day, not just the hour they spend with us. Our clinicians are knowledgeable and respectful of diversity and are flexible to accommodate every families individual culture and characteristics.

INCLUSION

Being relationship based clincians, we support each child’s need and want to be included in their family and community. We support their social and emotional well being through relationship with their family, friends, school/class mates and wider community. We support children in their natural environments through;

1. Teaching skills to parents
2. Observational visits of a child in their daycare/school and education/discussions with teachers on how best to support in this environment
3. Regular preschool or daycare visits to support the child’s engagement in early childhood and strengthen their sense of belonging in this environment.

TEAMWORK

Our clinicians work with all important people in a child’s life. We check in regularly with a child’s teacher/educator. We are a multidisciplinary practice and collaborate on a child’s care both within our own clinic and with other health care providers ourside of our organisation.

UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES

When you come to Kool KATTS, you’ll be treated by the most Pawsome clinicians in Sydney. Our clinicians are all undergo continuing professional development in evidence based intervention. All clinicians are provided weekly mentoring with a highly trained and very experienced Senior clinician and monthly with our overseas experts.

 

What happens in an Early Intervention session at Kool KATTS?

Our team of Early Childhood Intervention Practitioners are here to help you and your child navigate the early years of development. We understand that a diagnosis or noticing delays in development can be overwhelming, which is why we are here to offer support and guidance.

Our practitioners will assess your child’s overall development and create tailored goals to improve play skills, behaviour, social interactions, cognitive development, motor skills, and language. We will work closely with you and other professionals to ensure that your child is receiving all the necessary resources and programs.

Remember “play is the work of children”

We work by providing opportunities for your child to develop the skills they need by doing difficult things in a playful and fun way. We work in partnership with parents by guiding and supporting the parent to develop the skills to ‘play therapeutically’ with their children throughout each and every interaction they have with their children. Parents are the experts in their children and the relationship you build with your child is the most important.

We also provide consultations, where we will provide advice and coaching on how to best support your child in everyday routines such as bath time, meal times and engaging in community activities. We are here to support you and your child in nurturing their development, building skills and addressing any behaviour difficulties.

Want to know more about Early Intervention – see these websites

NDIS Early Intervention Page

Reimagine – Best Practice in Early Intervention