Early intervention is intended for infants and toddlers who are at risk for developing, or who already demonstrate, delays or disabilities in physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking); cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems); communication (talking, listening, understanding); social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy); and self-help (eating, dressing). Eligibility is determined by evaluating the child (with parents’ consent) to see if the little one does, in fact, have a delay in development or a disability. Eligible children can receive early intervention services from birth to 3 years and 6 months of age. (0 to 3.6 years).
Children who are within the age range of 0 to 3.6 years.
Children who do not fall in the High Risk Children category (Children with NGT and PEG tubes, severe aspirations , feeding and swallowing difficulties).
Children who do not have severe multiple sensory impairments.
Children who require intervention in two or more of the following services; Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Physiotherapy and Behavioral therapy
Children who have a relatively routine entry into the world, but may develop more slowly than others, experience setbacks, or develop in ways that seem very different from other children. For these children, a visit with a developmental pediatrician and a thorough evaluation may lead to an early intervention referral.
Parents don’t have to wait for a referral to early intervention, however if you’re concerned about your child’s development, you may contact QISH directly and ask to have your child evaluated. However a child comes to be referred, evaluated, and determined eligible, early intervention services provide vital support so that children with developmental needs can thrive and grow.
Early Childhood Educator
Speech Language Pathologist
Speech and Language Development
Social and Emotional Development
Adaptive (self help) Development
If the findings of the team show that your child has at least 25% delay in any of these five key areas he/she is eligible for Early Intervention Services
Communication, Speech and Language
Attention and Listening Skills
Socialization, play skills and behavior management
Motor skills and Sensory processing
Self care and Independence
Early Intervention Program at QISH is completely family centered; the goals are set jointly with family and give importance on the family’s priorities.