Why ‘Early Intervention’
There are numerous occurrences, which can effect a child’s development, impacting on fine and gross motor skills.
Most commonly recognised, Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a group of disabling conditions, which affect movement and posture. It is caused by damage to areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development before or during gestation, or occurring at birth or during infancy. In New Zealand, statistics indicate that Cerebral Palsy has remained relatively at 2.0 to 2.5 per 1,000 live births.
Spina bifida is a neural tube defect. It is the second most common birth defect worldwide, and affects about 1 in every 1000 pregnancies in New Zealand.
Approximately 2% of babies are born with some form of genetic irregularity that causes a degree of physical, developmental and or intellectual disability.
Approximately 8 out of 100 babies born in New Zealand are born preterm and that number has been increasing annually by 2.1 per cent over the last 20 years. There is an increasing awareness of the long-term consequences of preterm birth.
As an Early Intervention service, we do not seek to ‘diagnose’, but we do see a distinct advantage to the long-term wellbeing of the child, the mother and the family if a difficulty signaled early is observed. In this way, the child’s progress can be carefully monitored from an early age to identify the need for additional support and be acted on as soon as signals indicate.
Problems arising early may be observed as difficulties with baby not feeding, not sleeping or sleeping continuously, not interacting with family or objects in a typical manner. This can go on for several months before being recognized as a specific problem beyond parents need to establish a routine. During this time, the stress and worry can have an effect on the mothers/fathers ability to form a bond with the child, the parent’s relationship, the household finances and the health of the parents.
Conductive Education (Waikato) believes that the earlier children and families are provided with intervention the better the outcome for both the child and the family.
Conductive Education (Waikato) supports the child and the family to learn. We focus on providing the child with the best possible start based on their ability. Feeding, communication, speech, early literacy and numeracy, knowledge, working toward independent skills.
Early Arrivals is a learning place where your baby – if intervention is needed – will develop healthy movement habits by being exposed to positive kinesthetic experiences.