Early Intervention means helping families who have infants and young children between birth and school entry with developmental delays. Developmental concerns may be identified when the baby is born or later as the child grows. Some young children may show mild delays in their development, other delays may be more significant. The Progress Centre offers a range of programs and options. Choices in service use can be based on individual family needs as well as the unique needs of your child.
What is an early interventionist?
Early Interventionists are trained professionals with expertise in child development, special needs populations, working within family centered practices, and community inclusion. Early Intervention staff are required to have experience and training specific to the early years as well as family centered service delivery.
By provincial guidelines, Early Interventionists have a minimum education of an undergraduate degree plus 3-5 years experience in the field. The Progress Centre is fortunate to have a blend of staff with a range of educational expertise and experience, offering a team with many resources.
Early Interventionists partner with families to identify strengths and needs. This process leads to the development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Staff work together with community partners, health professionals, educators and families, fostering service coordination and the development of advocacy skills.