Early identification and intervention is vitally important for children with developmental and learning disabilities. Considering that the first years of a child’s life is a dynamic period of brain growth and plasticity, early identification and intervention have great potential for positive changes in development and long-term outcomes such as improvement in language, social, motor and emotional skills. Lack of intervention may contribute to a progression in symptoms, especially among children with developmental delay and those with neurocognitive challenges like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), downs syndrome, global developmental delay, physical and neurological impairments among others.
Our early intervention programme is done through a multidisciplinary team involving occupational therapists, special needs teachers, speech therapists, parents and caregivers. Parents are trained to work with children at home to ensure continuity in the interventions.
We advocate for intensive early intervention done at home and in school for school-going children.