Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program
Team of Therapists and Teachers
Children are growing and developing on many levels and building the foundations for their life. They need a holistic approach that assesses their whole development, including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, speech, cognitive skills, social and emotional development, etc.
Often families come to the Centre because they have noticed one particular area that is behind that of other children of a similar age. Bridges for Learning’s initial assessment may reveal that the child would benefit from several therapies. This is because our therapists are trained to see the whole child, and how each area of development contributes to other areas of development.
So, we offer:
Children often learn best when other children are around, particularly with very young children. They learn through ‘doing’, and watching others ‘do’.
All group sessions are conducted by a transdisciplinary paediatric team of Therapists and Teachers. An initial assessment is required and an interview is scheduled to plan with the parents the goals for their child.
Groups are formed according to age and developmental level. Individual sessions can be organised in conjunction with any group program.
Most children are given assistance in all areas of development to support any one or more specific areas of need. Group sessions are a valuable way of accessing support for your child from a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Early Childhood Special Educator, and other therapists as available. Group sessions are cost effective for the family and make it easy for the family to receive the therapies they need all at the same place.
The therapy that the child receives is still tailored especially for them. An individualised plan is created for each child that is specific to their own needs and goals. This is discussed with the parents & carers regularly to ensure that the child is making progress in the areas of priority.
Sometimes the therapists or the family may feel that the child needs to be removed from the group sessions for a particular reason to work on a goal. This is usually short term and discussed in family meetings with therapists.
Our Centre works with a ‘trans-disciplinary’ team approach, which simply means that the therapists and educators work closely together and with the family to provide a program for the child. It also means that everyone on the team coordinates and shares their skills and expertise to provide programs that are flexible and achievable.
Therapy through play
Our therapists are trained to provide therapy through games, colours, movement, and fun activities. Children enjoy active learning and it is important to incorporate the child’s interests into the program to make their learning more meaningful.
Providing therapy to children is different to adults.
Children live in a world of play. That is their ‘job’ and they learn through play. Children need to explore and receive feedback from what is around them.