Developmental Stimulation & Early Intervention Programmes:

Research shows that children who experience quality care and education in early life, are better prepared for school and throughout their lives. This is due to the fact that from birth to three years is the fastest rate of brain development during a human’s lifespan. Early learning intervention provides the developmental stimulation during this critical time in which a child’s brain and central nervous system is at its most influential, to ensure age appropriate development and a kick-start for the rest of their lives. It is a programme that takes on a holistic view & encourages the participation of all the team members to help the child learn, develop and understand the world around them.

To ensure a holistic view, our occupational therapist considers the role of the family members, teachers/nursery staff, and other health professionals. This ensures that your child receives the appropriate developmental stimulation across the board.

Developmental Stimulation & Early Intervention Programmes:
Early Intervention and developmental stimulation focuses on skills in the following areas:
  • Physical Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-help and adaptive skills
  • Social and emotional skills
Children who may need Early Intervention or further developmental stimulation:
  • Premature birth (36 weeks and under)
  • Low birth weight (2500g and below)
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (smaller than usual unborn baby)
  • Birth Asphyxia (lack of oxygen at birth)
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Birth injuries that may have caused oxygen deprivation or limit blood flow
  • Diagnoses of conditions associated with developmental delay ie. Down’s Syndrome, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • If you notice your child is not able to do what his/her peers are able to do
  • If nursery/school staff raise concern regarding your child’s classroom participation and development
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