Program Structure

Program Offering

This Program offers many types of early intervention services that aim to meet your child’s developmental needs and in helping parents take care of their children.

  • Psychological services.
  • Special Education
  • Speech-language pathology.
  • ABA therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counselling
  • Health services needed for your child to benefit from other early intervention services.
  • Nutritional therapy

Screening

Detailed case history regarding child’s milestones followed by a detailed developmental screening. This screening helps and can be used to:

  • Find out what areas of development – if any – are behind what’s expected.
  • Help the evaluation team decide what type of evaluation may be best.
  • Find out if the child’s development is “on target” even though a problem was suspected.

When a screening shows a child’s development is “on target,” it is unlikely that the child will be eligible for the Early Intervention Program. Parents always have the right to ask for– and get – a full multidisciplinary evaluation for their child (even if a screening suggests a child is developing fine).

Post Screening Counselling

After the detailed screening, a meeting is held with the family/parent to figure out the best ways to help their child develop (a professional counsellor would help with this).

Multidisciplinary Evaluation

Followed by multidisciplinary evaluation which simply means that more than one professional will be a part of your child’s evaluation. Your child’s evaluation team should have professionals with special knowledge about your child’s problem. The evaluation team will also ask about parent’s concerns

Your child’s multidisciplinary evaluation will include:

  • A health assessment, including vision and hearing screening.
  • With your permission, a review of any records that may be helpful.
  • An assessment of your child’s strengths and needs in each area of development (physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and adaptive development).
  • An interview with you about your concerns and priorities and resources (child’s likes and dislikes, gestures when in need of help or otherwise, the ways he/she communicates with family etc).

The evaluation will be planned to meet the needs of you and your child. The evaluation team will:

  • Use a developmental test/psychological assessment to look at your child’s development.
  • Play with your child – or ask you to play with your child.
  • Spend some time watching your child.
  • Ask you what your child can do now and what he or she can’t do yet.

If your child has a diagnosed disability, she or he will always be eligible for early intervention services. Your child will still need a multidisciplinary evaluation to look at all areas of development and help with the development of an Individualized plan.

Importance of EIP

Importance of EIP will be explained to the parents/family and as to what areas the child needs therapy e.g.; physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, adaptive and the services by various professionals like speech therapist, psychotherapist, occupational therapist, special educator, counsellor, medical/nutritional therapy services etc.

Parental Counselling & Training

During the course of the program, parental counselling and training will also be provided.  Communication aids and resources will be provided (will be charged separately).

IEP/goals are designed and parents sign it (the plan decides what services to be delivered, how often and by whom).

Every month the child’s progress will be discussed: with the parents, for example:  From a baseline of  ___, the student will....

  • perform a specific skill
  • a specified number of times
  • under specified conditions
  • at a specified level of achievement
  • for a specific length of time.
  • Re-assessment will be done every 3 months.

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