REiMAGiNE DISABILITY

REiMAGiNE CHiLDHOOD

Early intervention simply means doing things as early as possible in order to achieve the best result.

All children need help and guidance as they learn, grow and develop. When a child has a developmental delay or disability, they often need more assistance than other children to actively participate in family, school and community life, and reach their full potential

Reimagine Australia, formerly known as Early Childhood Intervention Australia, is the leading national body for early childhood intervention, promoting the interests of young children with a developmental delay or a disability and their families, and the professionals who support them.

Our aim is to help families to make informed decisions to get the help they need enhance their child’s abilities. We do this by connecting families and early childhood professionals with up-to-date information and tools that support children to realise the best possible outcomes. We also work to strengthen public policy and programs by promoting the interests of families and professionals to government.

If you are a parent or carer, we invite you to explore what Reimagine Australia has to offer and become part of a movement that supports children and their families to thrive.

Your Guide To

Early Childhood

intervention

PARENT GUiDE

Receiving a diagnosis or noticing that your child is not developing well can be a concerning time.

Our ‘Every Child’ booklet aims to help reduce some of the stress and confusion that families may experience when their child is initially given a diagnosis, or when a developmental issue has been raised.

This booklet will provide you with information to assist you in making decisions and getting the best out of early childhood intervention (also known as ECI) for your child.

We hope it will boost your confidence in working with practitioners to build your child’s skills so that they can actively participate in family, school and community life.

AGES AND STAGES

Is my child’s development on track? This is a very normal question for parents of young children.

Milestones are the things a child can do by a certain age. Most children develop skills and abilities in roughly the same order.

Child development experts have created checklists to help you keep track of your childs development in several difefrent areas, known as domains. These areas are physical development, cognitive development (thinking skills), language development and social-emotional development.

 

Understanding common milestones at each age and stage of your childs life can help you to understand where your child might need extra support to develop new skills and reach their full potential.

WHY ARE THE

early years so

important

THE NDiS

AND YOUNG

CHiLDREN

HOW TO ACCESS HELP

The very first thing parents need to know, is that you can access support for your child from the NDIS without having a diagnosis. Accessing help from the NDIS might be easier than you may think through an NDIS Early Childhood Partner.

If you have any concerns whatsoever regarding your childs development, no matter their age, we advise you to reach out as soon as possible to your family GP or Maternal Health Nurse, as well as your NDIS Early Childhood Partner.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have a specialised approach for families of children aged 0-6 who may require extra support to develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. This is known as the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. The ECEI approach is administered nationally by Early Childhood Partners, who have the expertise to provide you with immediate support in your local community and, if necessary, to gain access to the NDIS.

THE EARLiER THE BETTER

What happens during the early years is of crucial importance for every childs development. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life, making these years most important for learning and development, than any other stage of their life.

Early Childhood Intervention is the term used to describe the service and supports that children and their families receive during the early years, when the child is developing most rapidly.

Experience shows us that when a child is able to access intervention as early as possible, the positive effects for their learning and development are significantly increased. These positive effects include helping children to participate in school, friendships and recreation opportunities, and to have fewer issues in the future. Research confirms that the sooner you seek support, the better the outcomes for your child and your family.

WHAT DOES

BEST PRACTiSE

MEAN

HELPFUL ViDEOS ABOUT THE NDiS

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