Some of the services offered
1. What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention is defined as an intervention undertaken to influence the development and learning of young children (0-6 years of age) with, or at risk of developing, disabilities or other developmental delays.
A developmental delay means that a child is behind in some areas of development including:
- Physical – gross, fine motor.
- Cognitive –problem solving, visual perception, sequencing etc.
- Communication – how the child understands what is said and how the child uses sounds, words or gestures to let others know what he/she wants.
- Social/Emotional – behavioural difficulties, difficulties with social interaction etc.
- Adaptive Development – self help, including feeding and dressing skills.
2. The children’s assessment centre offers speech and language therapy to 0-18 year olds.
Each client will receive individualised, client-centred treatment using evidence-based practice. All therapists have a variety of experience with a range of clients including language delay in very young children, specific language impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual disability. We see children and teenagers with a variety of speech and language issues such as:
· Articulation/phonological disorders
· Difficulties with concentration and attention
· Difficulties following directions in school and/or at home
· difficulties with receptive or expressive language
· social communication skills
· special needs / complex needs
3. Our therapists work with children and teenagers who re presenting with the following:
· Sensory Processing disorder
· Learning Difficulties
· Behaviour Difficulties
· Developmental Delay
4. Childhood Depression
It’s normal that your child/teenager can feel sad from time to time, however this sadness should not affect them getting on with their everyday activities. Depression is a sadness that is so severe that it interferes in your child’s everyday life. Depression is more than normal sadness. A depressed child/teenager can’t ‘just snap out of it’. Depression is common. Researchers believe that about 1 in 5 children and youth will go through a depression by thetime they turn 18. Are you worried that child/teenager is suffering from depression have a look at the list of symptoms below. Have a think and see if your child has these symptoms over the last 6 months and are they interfering with their enjoyment of or participation in every-day activities.
Feeling sad, worried, irritable or angry
Lack of enjoyment in life, or troubles enjoying anything
Feeling hopeless and worthless
Having troubles coping with everyday activities at home, school, or work
Problems with sleep, energy, appetite and concentration
5. Childhood Anxiety
Children and teenagers who have anxiety can worry about many different things.
They can be thinking about the “what if’s….what might’s…..what could’s”.
They can worry about a lot whether they are good enough at school, have enough friends, etc.
They may be apprehensive about trying new things for example going for sleep overs, or may give up an activity that they have started because they don’t think they are good enough.
If your child or teenager suffers from anxiety they may suffer from pains in their tummy or headaches.