How is Early Intervention provided?

Early Intervention Programs in Nova Scotia are currently partially funded through the provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and are each independently ran by a volunteer Board of Directors. Early Intervention services are provided to families of young children (birth to school entry) with developmental difficulties through a family centred approach.

Families are provided four core services:
1. Home Visiting – Through an open referral system, families work collaboratively with an Early Interventionist on a regular basis within their natural environments (e.g. home.). Together they build a developmental profile on their child and identify their family’s informal and formal support system. Intervention is provided through information and resource sharing, problem solving, modeling and coaching strategies. A play and routine based approach is used.

2. Family Support – the needs and priorities of the whole family are considered and supported through service coordination and resource sharing. Family advocacy skills are also supported and parent-to -parent connections are requested.

3. Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) – Family service plans and routine based intervention plans are developed in collaboration with the child’s team and based on the family’s needs and priorities.

4. Transition Planning – Families are supported through their child’s transitions to home, childcare programs and school. Information sharing and transition planning is carried out with the family and the receiving environment.

Additional services are also provided such as toy and resource libraries, play groups, workshops and sibling support groups.