EIP is Early Intervention Program, which is design for children who are having developmental milestone delay or disabilities. Normally children who join this program have their own Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the therapist will write the IEP according to student’s needs and condition. The objective to join this program is to get guidance and support in children’s development, so that they can reach their developmental milestone, so it is very vital for the family to get support as early as possible.
Parents can get their child to diagnose from developmental doctors or educational psychologist. Once the child’s milestone level and diagnosis is done, they will refer the family to the therapy that is needed. Normally they will refer to EIP, speech therapy, occupational therapy or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy based on the child’s needs and condition.
Who can benefit from EIP?
EIP is suitable for children with developmental delay or special health condition, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), speech delay, dyscalculia, dyslexia, apraxia, Down syndrome, Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and other learning disabilities. Students who join EIP will get Individualized Education Plans (IEP) which designed by therapist based on their needs. Age group and ratio of students is vary across the service provider, normally is as young as possible up to 7 years old, and the class size is usually small size, so that the students can get more attention and improve better.
Normally the targeted skills in EIP will be focus on physical skills, cognitive skills, social skills, self-help skills, play skills and school routine skills. The therapist will need to set goal for students based on their delayed milestone and work toward it.
In conclusion, Early Intervention Program (EIP) is very important for children who have developmental delay and it is advisable to start the program as soon as possible. Parents should do some research on the centre which provide this service once their child has delay or disabilities. When you are looking for a good centre, therapists, safety, hygiene, right human capital, and education curriculum should be the things that you should consider and find out before enrolling. A good therapist doesn’t labels your child but wanted to help your child based on his or her needs.