Early Intervention Program.

Program structure

Our program is made up of four parts:

  1. Intensive parent education program

    Kids Blocks Spelling Learn Falling Over As Symbol for Study And EducationThe active participation of primary caregivers is crucial to the success of any early intervention program. The goal of this component of our program is to equip you with skills that will help you to create more frequent learning opportunities for your child. The strategies that you will learn will enable you to help your child learn and develop by:

    • Paying more attention to other people’s faces, voices, and actions
    • Imitating others (e.g. in songs or games)
    • Sharing emotions, needs, and interests with others
    • Playing with toys in constructive and varied ways
    • Using their voice and body to communicate
    • Reducing behaviours that interfere with learning (e.g. tantrums)
  2. Clinic based therapy

    The Senior Behaviour Therapist and Early Intervention Consultant co-ordinating your program will conduct weekly therapy sessions with your child at our centre (two sessions per week are highly recommended).

    During these sessions, the Senior Therapist will target the learning objectives formulated for your child and assess their progress. These sessions also allow the Senior Therapist to look over notes and data taken by you or the other therapists working with your child, so that feedback can be provided.

    In addition, our Speech Therapists will support your child’s language development during weekly speech therapy sessions at our centre. Your Speech Therapist will set learning objectives for your child and will liaise with his or her Senior Behaviour Therapist and Early Intervention Consultant so that your child’s treatment goals can be well integrated across sessions. This is the strong advantage of our multi-disciplinary team working with your family rather than families accessing different therapists at different centres across Sydney which risks a less cohesive intervention program.

  3. Home based therapy

    Junior Behaviour Therapists will conduct therapy sessions with your child at your home. This increases the number of hours of direct therapy your child receives, and ensures that your child is able to use the skills they are learning in different settings and with different people.

    The number of sessions per week will depend on your individual circumstances, but a minimum of two sessions is recommended (i.e., six hours per week minimum).

    You can either access Junior Behaviour Therapists from our centre, or hire them directly.

    If you choose to hire your own therapists, then please note that there are fees associated with training therapists to our high standards of service delivery. This ensures that they can implement your child’s program effectively.

  4. Case conferences

    These are held every 12 weeks to review your child’s progress, outline goals for therapy, and plan for the next term. They play an important role in ensuring the consistent implementation of your child’s program. The case conferences also provide you with an opportunity to discuss any new behaviours or issues that may have arisen with your program co-ordinator, and to provide valuable feedback on how your child is developing outside of regular therapy sessions.

Program timeline

Our Early Intervention Program is organised around 12 week terms:

You can start your program at any time (term dates are not fixed, but if it is more convenient for you, a start date can be scheduled that will allow your Early Intervention Program to approximately parallel the school terms)

Before your program starts, your child will be assessed to establish their current skill profile. The results of this assessment will be combined with information you provide on your child’s existing abilities.

An individualised curriculum will then be prepared for your child, containing learning objectives covering all domains of child development.

These objectives will be taught for 10 weeks during clinic and home based therapy. Your Senior Behaviour Therapist and Early Intervention Consultant and your Speech Therapist will also guide you on how you can target objectives with your child at home.

In the last 2 weeks of the term, a case conference will be held to review your child’s progress. Your child’s skill profile will also be reassessed. We will then combine our assessment with your feedback and formulate the learning objectives for the next term.

Program schedule

We understand that different families have different needs. Our goal is to provide your child with an effective program, while also allowing for some flexibility in how, when, and where it is delivered.

To achieve this, our program schedules are based around core hours. These are the minimum hours that you commit to when you join our Early Intervention Program.

Depending on your circumstances and the needs of your child, you can then add extra hours to increase the intensity of your child’s program. The basic message from research into early intervention is the more hours, the better. A program of 20 hours per week represents a good target to aim for.

The tables below show the breakdown of hours for the core program, and two options for adding more hours to reach a total of 20 hours per week.

Core Hours

Core Hours (Term One)
Parent education
  • 10 x 1 hour information sessions (accounted for by compulsory parent training program).
  • 5 x 30 minute live coaching sessions. These are added to your child’s clinic based behaviour therapy sessions (see below), to enable you to receive support and guidance from your Senior Behaviour Therapist while you practice techniques and strategies with your child.
  • 5 hours per week of structured parent/child activities at home. This time includes the daily caregiving activities you do with your child (e.g. bathing, feeding), as well as play. This time provides you with opportunities to practise the skills learned in the information and live coaching sessions.
Clinic based behaviour therapy
  • 2 sessions per week. This is made up of:
  1. 2 X 60-90 minutes one-on-one therapy sessions with your child and the Senior Behaviour Therapist coordinating your Early Intervention Program. This is billed at the child-only therapy rate.
  2. 30 minutes live parent coaching will be added, as needed and in accordance with the parent education program, at the end of the child’s therapy sessions. Parent coaching is billed at the Senior Therapist consultation rate.
Home/preschool based therapy
  • 2 x 3 hour sessions per week. These sessions will be conducted at your home or preschool by Junior Behaviour Therapists.
Clinic based speech therapy
  • 1 x hour session per week. Our Speech Therapists and Senior Behaviour Therapists meet regularly to ensure well integrated and consistently applied strategies and goals across your child’s treatment sessions and program.
Case conference
  • 1 x 2 hour meeting each term. The case conference is typically attended by your Senior Behaviour Therapist and Junior Behaviour Therapists, with the option of a Speech Therapist and/or Psychologist also being involved, depending on the needs of your child.
Total: Average of 16 hours per week

 

Core Hours (subsequent terms)
Parent education
  • 4 x 30 minute live coaching sessions (approximately one every 3-4 weeks or more often as needed). These occur at the end of your child’s clinic based behaviour therapy sessions (see below), to enable you to receive support and guidance from your Senior Behaviour Therapist while you practice techniques and strategies with your child.
  • 5 hours per week of structured parent/child activities at home. This time includes the daily caregiving activities you do with your child (e.g. bathing, feeding), as well as play. This time provides you with opportunities to practise the skills covered during live coaching sessions.
Clinic based behaviour therapy
  • 2 sessions per week. This is made up of:
  1. 2 X 60-90 minutes one-on-one therapy sessions with your child and the Senior Behaviour Therapist coordinating your Early Intervention Program. This is billed at the child-only therapy rate.
  2. 30 minutes live parent coaching will be added, as needed, at the end of the child’s therapy sessions. Parent coaching is billed at the Senior Therapist consultation rate.
Home/Preschool based therapy
  • 2 x 3 hour sessions per week. These sessions will be conducted at your home or preschool by Junior Behaviour Therapists.
Clinic based speech therapy
  • 1 x hour session per week. Our Speech Therapists and Senior Behaviour Therapists meet regularly to ensure well integrated and consistently applied strategies and goals across your child’s treatment sessions and program.
Case conference
  • 1 x 2 hour meeting each term. The case conference is typically attended by your Senior Behaviour Therapist and Junior Behaviour Therapists, with the option of a Speech Therapist and/or Psychologist also being involved, depending on the needs of your child.
Total: Average of 14.5 hours per week

Optional hours (extra hours)

To give you an idea of the different ways in which additional hours could be added to your program, here are two example program schedules, both adding up to 20 hours per week of intervention:

Example A:

The family accessing the program in Example A have chosen to commit more time to working on structured activities with their child at home. This enables them to maintain a program of 20 hours per week across the term without adding to their budget for clinic and home based therapy.

Example A
Parent education
  • 4 x 30 minute live coaching sessions (approximately one every 3-4 weeks or more often as needed).
  • 13 hours per week of structured parent/child activities at home.
Clinic based therapy
  • 2 sessions per week. This is made up of:
  1. 2 X 60-90 minutes one-on-one therapy sessions with your child and the Senior Behaviour Therapist coordinating your Early Intervention Program. This is billed at the child-only therapy rate.
  2. 30 minutes live parent coaching will be added, as needed, at the end of the child’s therapy session. Parent coaching is billed at the Senior Therapist consultation rate.
Home/preschool based therapy
  • 2 x 3 hour sessions per week with Junior Behaviour Therapists.
Clinic based speech therapy
  • 1 x hour session per week. Our Speech Therapists and Senior Behaviour Therapists meet regularly to ensure well integrated and consistently applied strategies and goals across your child’s treatment sessions and program.
Case conference
  • 1 x 2 hour meeting each term, typically attended by the Senior Behaviour Therapist and Junior Behaviour Therapists, with optional attendance by a Speech Therapist and/or Psychologist.
Total: Average of 22.5 hours per week

Example B:

The family accessing the program in Example B have chosen longer (90 minute) clinic based Behaviour Therapy sessions, an additional home based Behaviour Therapy session and an extra Speech Therapy session each week. They are still committing to their core hours of structured parent/child activities each week, but are able to budget for more sessions with Speech and Behaviour Therapists to achieve a program average of 20 hours per week.

Example B
Parent education
  • 4 x 30 minute live coaching sessions (approximately one every 3-4 weeks or more often as needed).
  • 5 hours per week of structured parent/child activities at home.
Clinic based therapy
  • 2 sessions per week. This is made up of:
  1. 2 X 90 minutes one-on-one therapy with your child and the Senior Behaviour Therapist coordinating your Early Intervention Program. This is billed at the child-only therapy rate.
  2. 30 minutes live parent coaching will be added, as needed, at the end of the child’s therapy session. Parent coaching is billed at the Senior Therapist consultation rate.
Home/preschool based therapy
  • 3 x 3 hour sessions per week with Junior Behaviour Therapists.
Speech therapy 2 x 1 hour sessions per week, conducted at the clinic. Our Speech Therapists and Senior Behaviour Therapists meet regularly to ensure well integrated and consistently applied strategies and goals across your child’s treatment sessions and program.
Case conference 1 x 2 hour meeting each term, typically attended by the Senior Behaviour Therapist and Junior Behaviour Therapists, with optional attendance by a Speech Therapist and/or Psychologist.
Total: Average of 19.5 hours per week

Psychology/ Clinical Psychology services

Our Psychologists/Clinical Psychologists can also assist in providing ongoing therapy as part of your child’s Early Intervention Program. Some of the psychological support services offered include diagnostic assessments, family counselling, social skills groups, anxiety support and individual therapy.

Bookings, referrals, rebates and benefits

Please contact our Centre for further details about or to register your interest in our Early Intervention services

Referrals are not required to access support for Early Intervention services. However you may wish to consider whether you are entitled to rebates or benefits from government programs or private health insurers to offset your expenses.

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