What is early intervention?
Early Intervention is defined as an intervention undertaken to influence the development and learning of young children (0-6 years of age) with, or at risk of developing, disabilities or other developmental delays.
A developmental delay means that a child is behind in some areas of development including:
- Physical – gross, fine motor
- Cognitive – problem solving, visual perception, sequencing etc
- Communication – how the child understands what is said and how the child uses sounds, words or gestures to let others know what he/she wants
- Social/Emotional – behavioural difficulties, difficulties with social interaction etc
- Adaptive Development – self help, including feeding and dressing skills
Our Early Intervention Team is made up of :
- Amanda Hassett – Speech and Language Therapist
- Niamh Mc Hugh- Behaviour Analyst
- Rachel Maunsell- Occupational Therapist
Our team will meet with parents initially to go through reports that they have and gain a sense of where their child is at. They will devise a therapeutic plan based on targeted focused goals but are suitable to your child’s current needs. Parents will be kept up to date around their child’s progress and we will also offer 1:1 parent training sessions where needs in order for everyone to work holistically.
Initial intake appointment with Early Intervention team is 45mins and cost is €80. Following your appointment the team will devise a therapeutic plan that will give you clear goals and targets with each therapist.
Within the Adult and Child Therapy Centre, your child may receive one or a combination of the following:
- Developmental Assessment
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Individual work with your child from therapists relevant to him/her
- Group work
- Pre-school visits
- Individualized and child centred home programmes
- Parent training
- If you’re concerned that your Child has a developmental delay contact us for an initial appointment to discuss further.