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:
EI&SP works along with families to:
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:
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.