What is early childhood intervention?

What is early childhood intervention?
Early childhood intervention is an education and support system for children with developmental delays and learning disabilities.
Early Intervention targets children from birth to the age of three as this is the window when the foundation of key skills are learned. This 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.
Early intervention can help to lessen the impact of raising children with special needs.

For example, raising a special needs child requires so much time, energy, and resources, that other relationships with the family may suffer. Whether it is the marriage that suffers by lack of attention or siblings that act out due to jealousy. Parents will need to remember that their spouse, their relationship, and the children’s relationship with their siblings need just as much consideration and effort.
It can also have a social impact. In many cases, children with special needs require specialised education that keeps them separate from other children. This can make the child’s socialisation much harder, and it can also alienate and isolate the parents from other parents of children with special needs.
This can eventually negatively affect the emotional and psychological state of the parents and the special needs child.
Early childhood intervention isn’t just to the benefit of the child. It is also critical for the entire family. 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.
The Advanced Diploma in Special Education (ADISE) programme will teach you how to diagnose children with special needs, and train you in Intervention Strategies as well as Individual Educational Plans.

CAE’s 12-month Advanced Diploma in Special Education course trains educators and parents in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of these needs and the basic principles and practices of effective teaching and learning. The programme is highly practice-oriented to ensure that what you learn in class can be applied to children with special needs under your charge.

The 6-month Diploma in Education (Special Needs) part-time programme provides an essential introduction to the various categories of exceptional children and educational programmes available. The course will also train you to confidently design and implement an Individualised Education Plan or IEP to aid in specific areas such as language and communications.


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