Why Early Intervention?

The International Centre for Children and Families offers multiple services and training programmes for children in the age group 0-4 years, for those who are either diagnosed with a developmental, neurological disability or are at risk for developmental delays due to pre or postnatal trauma. The programme is focused on parent education and empowerment and the centre works as a demonstration centre for appropriate and timely interventions for children at risk. The centre works in collaboration with parents and families to minimise risk and optimise the child’s potential by intervening from infancy onwards.

The programme aims to work in collaboration with parents to increase awareness and knowledge of the developmental milestones and to help bridge gaps through early stimulation and therapy for children at risk of developmental delay due to either congenital anomalies or pre and postnatal trauma.

The Early Intervention and Stimulation Programme at the centre aims to support:

  • Children born with pre or postnatal trauma or who show signs of early developmental delays
  • Children who have special needs (such as Down’s Syndrome / other chromosomal disorders) at pre-school age.
  • Children who have special needs and who have not found a place in a regular school yet, e.g. children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language and Speech Disorders, children with Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorders, children diagnosed with Global Delays.
  • Children who are attending playschools but who may not have the special individualised input in the form of early stimulation/therapies that are focused on bridging the gaps.
  • The multi-disciplinary team of special educators, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists will work in close partnership with the parents.

EI&SP works along with families to:

  • Identify gaps in the developmental milestones, if any
  • Develop an Individualized Early Intervention Plan (IEIP)
  • Provide expertise and tools to support the plan
  • Assess the child’s progress regularly
  • Formulate new goals based on the child’s progress.

Objective of early intervention

  • To provide early intervention to children with special needs with an aim to minimize the developmental gaps that might arise out of their specific special condition/ due to trauma at birth.
  • To work in close partnership with families (parents & caregivers) of these children.
  • To provide support – emotional and professional – to children with special needs and their families.
  • To provide interdisciplinary services (special education intervention, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling and medical advice).
  • To assess and evaluate children with special needs who are below the school-going age.
  • To promote the generalization of skills across environments and areas of learning.
  • To network with other schools and build up a referral system.
  • To train teachers, doctors and parents and create awareness.
  • To train teachers, doctors and parents and create awareness.
  • To facilitate the transition of children into mainstream schools.


Objective of early intervention

Target age group – 0-2 years:

We recognise that there are many children who suffer from congenital conditions or sustain an injury at birth who will benefit from early intervention. Children who are impacted may show delay or unequal development in reaching some of the milestones in the following areas of development:

  • Cognitive development
  • Physical development (including low vision and hearing)
  • Language and Speech development
  • Psycho-social development
  • Self-help skills (age-appropriate for every stage of development)

Target age group 2-4 years:

The aim of this service is to provide early learning skills, alongside continued therapies as required. The early learning skills are aimed to bridge any learning gaps that may occur due to trauma at birth or congenital conditions, giving rise to delayed milestones. Delays in physical development may give rise to delay in gross motor and fine motor skills; delay in communication, speech and language abilities often give rise to a delay in language usage and communication impairments, this sometimes can lead to social-emotional difficulties and sometimes even learning gaps or learning disabilities

It works as a transition period for the children with special needs to bridge the early learning gaps. It seeks to help those children who are not admitted to schools yet but it is not involved in any way in procuring admission of the child to any school.  Parents may be encouraged to apply for schools as and when the child is sufficiently prepared to cope in the regular school. The centre may be willing to extend the services to the school for sharing of knowledge and training the staff, as an extra service.