Early intervention is essential in achieving best outcomes. The earlier difficulties and needs are identified and addressed in a child, the greater chance the child has of reaching their full potential.
Pre-school is the best developmental stage for a child to attend intervention in order to best develop their skills and to prepare for primary school academically, socially and emotionally. As well as individual and group intervention, Occupational Therapy for the Pre-School child can offer:
- Consultation with school staff on developing a specific child’s needs and developing school programmes to support the child’s learning and sensory, motor and emotional development
- Training for education and care staff on understanding diagnoses and education about specific needs of a child
- Training so that education staff can complete school programmes/ therapeutic activities and completing intervention sessions in a pre-school, to benefit the child and simultaneously provide staff training.
- Accessing Department of Education Resources in anticipation of primary school.