Early Intervention Program
Hearing from a professional that your young child is showing signs of developmental delay can be daunting. You might have many concerns about their abilities in attending schools, making friends, and fending for themselves when they’re adults. You might also wonder what you can do to help your child.
Early Intervention Program (EIP) is designed to help young children with developmental delays or disabilities to catch up and reach their developmental milestones. Through EIP, your child will be equipped with fundamental skills in preparation for school. EIP focuses on several areas, including speech, motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills.
Here at Kidz Steps Centre, we tailor our EIP to your child’s needs. First, we identify your child’s needs and challenges. Then, we design and implement an individualized EIP with clear achievable goals for your child. EIP is reviewed frequently so your child will progress steadily. Our EIP consists of four stages as follows.
First Stage: Pre-Learning Stage
The first stage of EIP is known as the pre-learning stage. The primary goal is to equip your child with “learning how to learn” skills. Children who lack these skills often find it challenging to learn and understand basic or complex concepts. Acquiring these fundamental skills is crucial in helping children to be independent and happy learners. A few examples of these skills are:
Second Stage: Learning Stage
After mastering the fundamental skills, your child will move on to the second stage, which is the learning stage. Building upon the skills obtained from the first stage, more complex and abstract skills are being taught at this stage such as speech, social skills, motor skills, reasoning skills, and self-regulation skills. Your child needs these skills to interact and communicate with others and learn in various environments.
Third Stage: Group Stage
In the first and second stage, we provide one on one treatment for the children, which means one therapist to one child. When your child has acquired “learning how to learn” skills and is able to grasp more complex skills, they are now ready to move onto the group stage. During this stage, your child starts learning in group settings and it’s a huge step in preparing them to learn at school.
At this stage, children learn to utilize all the skills they’ve learned in stage one and two in group settings. Besides that, they also learn many critical skills, such as strategies to regulate and manage themselves, organization skills as well as understanding and complying with social rules and norms, to tolerate not having full attention from the teacher yet still paying attention during lessons and not getting distracted by their surroundings.
In general, group stage promotes independence in your child so that they’re able to manage and function in many social situations they will encounter in life, including school.
Fourth Stage: Follow-up Stage
Although your child has obtained school readiness skills, they still need constant support to overcome various challenges they may face. In the fourth stage, we may provide support and guidance in building meaningful relationships with others, exploring their career paths, financial skills, and more advanced life skills.
If you’re concerned that your child may have developmental delay, you are strongly encouraged to be proactive and consult professional clinicians. Acting early does make a difference! The sooner a child receives intervention, the more effective the treatment is, and the quicker they could catch up and reach their developmental milestones.