Looking After Yourselves
Feeding Your Baby
Your Baby's Development
What is early intervention?
Early intervention is professional assistance given to
parents, carers and their young children. Therapists help our
children learn through play.
Therapists almost always work as part
of a team. Different therapists have different specialist areas.
Together they cover all aspects of our childrens development.
Often therapists offer assessment and
advice, and suggest home programmes for parents or caregivers
to carry out with the child.
How do I get early intervention ?
A member of your health-care team can refer you
to your local early intervention services. You may be seen in
your home or in a centre.
Who is in an early intervention team?
Our babies often see
visiting neuro-developmental therapist -VNT
speech-language therapist SLT
early intervention teacher
The team may also include paediatricians,
health-care nurses, support services, dieticians, play therapists,
physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social
workers and music therapists.
What do Visiting neuro-developmental
work with muscles and movement, childrens growth,
development, and everyday living.
teach parents and carers skills and
exercises to assist learning and development.
What do speech-language therapists do?
assist with any feeding problems.
help with early communication through
can teach us about the use of signing
as our children find it easier to learn to talk if main words
What do early intervention teachers
provide advice about building onto childrens strengths
to ensure they reach their potential as they learn and develop.
support parents and family in the home
and early childhood centre.
support teachers to fully include our
children into the early childhood setting.
help plan childrens transition to school.