Early Childhood Intervention Australia advocates that Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention involves engaging children in their natural environments such as at home. It highlights the many learning opportunities that are present in the home environment and emphasises the benefits of high-quality parent and child engagement.
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a naturalistic play-based intervention model for young children with neuro-developmental delays aged 12-60 months. It is a high quality interaction style that can be delivered, not only within educational settings and clinics, but also by parents and carers within the family home during play and daily routines. Children spend most of their time at home, therefore it is essential to equip families with skills and confidence to make every day play and daily routines more meaningful and purposeful. The Child Development Institute recognises the central role of parents in each child’s life.
As such, we offer a number of opportunities for parents to learn new skills in a supported environment.
The Parent Coaching Playgroup has been developed with the aim of supporting parents in developing skills and confidence to know that each interaction with their child is benefitting their learning. The term by term enrolment into the playgroup ensures that the program is tailored to each child and parent’s interests, strengths and needs. By doing so…
The Parent Coaching Playgroup is a term based program of 10 x 1.5 hour sessions supporting 4 parent and child pairs and is delivered by 2 ESDM therapists.
Before the commencement of the program, each family will attend a ‘Goal Setting’ meeting with the Program Co-ordinator. In this meeting, each family will discuss a few key goals they would like to work towards in the program. An example of goals could be, ‘I want to play with my child for at least 5 minutes’ or ‘I want my child to look at me more.’
The program will include:
Parent Capacity. Building Workshops are designed to build a parent’s understanding and capacity to care for their neuro-diverse child.
Workshops are topic based but flexible to allow for parents to ask questions, raise concerns and share experiences.
Each two-hour session takes place during our morning group program. These workshops are open to both parents of enrolled children, and those whose child is not yet enrolled.
Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:
The CDI schedules fortnightly 1 hour coffee mornings for parents to come together, build a carers network and learn about a topic that will help them understand their child’s needs and provide knowledge that will assist them in supporting their child at home and in their community.
Topics will vary each fortnight and sessions will be run by both internal CDI team members and external partners from our local community.
These sessions are free of charge for all enrolled parents/carers but RSVP is required as numbers are capped.