As a parent, watching your child encounter difficulties reading, writing or even speaking in complete sentences can be worrying. Although children develop skills at a different pace from each other, taking a much longer time to hit a milestone can be considered a developmental delay.
A developmental delay occurs when a child doesn’t achieve a developmental milestone in comparison to his peers. This can occur when a child experiences delays in their ability to feel, think or speak at a level their peers can. It can happen in just one or a few of the domains mentioned and more than two typically is a global developmental delay (GDD).
That said, developmental delays in children do not turn into lifelong impairments. They may be temporary and can be managed with early identification. This is where our Early Intervention Programme (EIP) comes in.
What is the Early Intervention Programme about?
Up to eight years of age, the formative years are notably the most critical for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Every year of your child’s lives is precious, but the first five to eight are especially so. As a developing brain has greater ability to change and adapt, your child will be highly responsive and receptive to learning crucial social skills and behaviours. Think of their first word or their ability to interact with different toys.
Our Early Intervention Programme (EIP) can nurture their capability for independence later on, whether it’s to prepare them for a mainstream or special education school (SPED). Watching your child’s experience can be difficult, but early identification will allow educators to help them promptly.
1. Prepares Their Developmental Areas
By focusing on the five key developmental areas, your child is better equipped for the next stage in his education journey. Designed for children aged 18 months to 6 years old, the EIP takes the stress of keeping up with mainstream kindergarten or school.
● Gross and fine motor skills
● Cognitive skills
● Language and communication skills
● Socialisation skills
● Self-help skills (independence)
Every child deserves the right to work on and grow their fundamental skills so that they have a stable foundation to build upon in their later years. Allied Care’s small teacher to student ratio of 2:5 ensures undivided attention for every child.
2. Work On Their Emerging Strengths And Skills
Using the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS) framework, Allied Care therapists and educators will be empowered to create Individual Education Plan (IEP) objectives that are realistic and meaningful to every child. Within six weeks of enrolment, your child will receive their very own IEP with specific and measurable developmental areas to monitor with caregivers and parents alike.
On top of foundational needs, a specialised plan motivates children to aspire towards and work on potential strengths. As humans, we tend to look for weaknesses more often than playing to our strengths. For children with developmental delays, it’s even more crucial that you recognise and develop your child’s emerging strengths to motivate and energise them.
3. Reduce incidence of future problems
Factors like speech delay, dyslexia, and poor socialisation skills not only put children at a disadvantage to their peers, but also increase their risks of being bullied, neglected, or isolated.
Providing them with a tailored EIP like ours can build positive early experiences reinforced with safe, nurturing environments and therapists. This can effectively reduce the levels of stress your child may experience and contribute to more positive outcomes in the long run.
4. Empowers you with support services for their development
Raising children is not an easy task under any circumstances. Learning to manage the emotional and social needs of a child with developmental delays may prove to be a whole new ballgame if you’re a new parent. Our trained and qualified therapists can walk you through this uncharted territory, monitoring and reviewing your child’s progress for every milestone reached and challenge encountered.
We cannot stress enough the importance of early intervention in childhood education. It can change your child’s journey by leaps and bounds, setting them up for success. Is the Allied Care EIP suitable for your child? Find out by signing up for our 14-day trial programme before making a decision.