Early Intervention

Early Intervention Programs

We work with our affiliated organisation CEADA (Community Enrichment and Development Association) to provide a range of intervention programs and services. CEADA Ltd is a not for profit organisation that focuses on benevolent relief for children and their families experiencing financial hardship. Their support is crucial in aiding in the cost of educational needs, enrichment programs, development programs, additional needs and intervention services. CEADA works collaboratively with the school, medical practitioners, respite care / allied health service providers and various agencies to develop individual support service plans to ensure our carers can provide quality environments and that the additional needs of the child are met.

Some examples include:

  • facilitating access for special equipment. Eg Wheelchair access/ramps
  • access to resources and information libraries
  • professional learning for carers
  • funding or subsidies for support services
  • access to counselling services
  • access to parenting workshops
  • access to respite care or allied health care services
  • NACD Australia Neurodevelopment evaluations and customised programs
  • NACD Simply Smarter Online programs
  • working memory training
  • literacy and numeracy intervention
  • behaviour management programs;
  • speech / Occupational therapy.

The activities can be implemented for the individual child at home or during OOSH care to accommodate the needs of the families.

Why is it so important?

Early Intervention is a crucial support mechanism for children in the aid and prevention of development and growth. It is not just for children with disabilities or delays, it can also be for:

  • children who are victims of or at high risk of child abuse or neglect
  • families to improve parenting skills
  • family counselling
  • mitigating future costs for a child’s developmental needs (eg. special education, rehabilitation, health)
  • children with negative behaviours or poor social skills (eg. anger management, bullying, attention deficits, self harm, poor diet, alcohol abuse etc)
  • children at high risk of academic development delays (eg. consistently poor literacy and numeracy results);
  • new migrants who speak little or no English.

Intervention in a child’s early life can prevent or stop problem situations such as crime, illiteracy and unemployment. It can have positive long term benefits, rather than treating the problem after it has developed. It has also been suggested to stimulate brain development – having an impact on sculpting the brain’s neuro pathways which continue to develop as intervention programs take place.