Early Intervention service

Our Early Intervention staff can provide specialist support for children who have a developmental or learning delay, a disability, a behaviour difficulty or a communication difficulty that significantly affects their ability to participate and learn at home or in an early childhood education setting.

We can provide support for a child from soon after they are born or as soon as a difficulty is picked up. If needed, that support can continue until they start school.

Our staff will work with parents, families, whānau and staff from an early childhood education centre, if the child attends one. We might observe a child at home and in the centre. We can determine whether a child needs:

  • different styles of teaching to support them to learn
  • therapy, such as speech-language therapy
  • any other extra support to help them learn.

The support available

Through the service, children may receive support from:

  • advisers on deaf children
  • early intervention teachers
  • education support workers
  • kaitakawaenga (Māori cultural advisors)
  • psychologists
  • speech-language therapists.

If needed, our Early Intervention teams will work closely with specialists from the Ministry of Health, such as audiologists, physiotherapists, paediatricians, dieticians and occupational therapists.

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Content last updated: 21 May 2015