Early childhood intervention is an educational and support system for young children who have developmental delays or disabilities. It also supports children who may have been victims of abuse or neglect.
For a host of different reasons, some parent and educators may fear they may be too late or the child may be too old to benefit from early childhood intervention. While the most optimal period for intervention is from birth to the age of three, it’s not too late for early childhood intervention for older children.
Published in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers showed that children who received intervention by the age of six showed improved behaviours, and reading ability as compared to children two years later who had not received early intervention.
Early childhood Intervention, even at the age of six, allows parents and educators to redirect the child’s mind earlier towards skills such as language and social interaction. It will redirect children in learning how to communicate, participate and engage with their peers, society and family. By the time the child enters school, they have a better chance at being developmentally on par with their peers, or in some cases, even more advanced.
The family will also benefit from intervention. During this period, the family will also be learning about how to best support the child, meet their needs, and deal positively with any delays or learning disabilities.
College of Allied Educator’s Early Intervention Principles and Practices is a short 2-day (15.5 hrs) course that will to help better equip you with skills to educate your students and children, whether you are a preschool teacher, special needs educator, or allied educator.
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