The Early Childhood Intervention Program is for parents of children aged 0-8 years of age, who are concerned about their child’s development and may need special help.
The concerns could include difficulties with:
- Communication - speaking clearly, knowing 20-50 words by the time they are two years old, understanding others, expressing needs, having a reasonable conversation by three years old
- Coordination - not sitting by nine months, not walking by 15-18 months, standing, balancing, general movement (gross motor skills)
- Hand skills - writing, drawing reasonable images by about four and a half years, doing puzzles, using scissors (fine motor skills)
- Self-help skills - dressing, eating using utensils, going to toilet
- Behaviour - sharing, turn-taking, playing with others, making friends, concentration, self confidence
- Vision or hearing - squinting or crossed eyes, saying "what" all the time, slow reading
- Learning difficulties - letter recognition, ability to write name by six years, understand instructions
- Complex health needs - asthma, epilepsy, heart/birth defects, oxygen dependency
- or any concerns relating to development or disabilities.
A range of support and advice is available for parents:
- information about services and support groups in your area;
- assistance to help you access services and benefits;
- support and assistance when you are dealing with agencies or organisations concerning services for children with special needs;
- promotion of links between agencies providing services for your child to ensure hassle free transfer/attention.
Business hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Telephone: 1300 733 606 for appointments
(line open 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
All hours: Parent Helpline: 1300 364 100
There are Early Childhood Intervention Co-ordinators available across the state.
All Child and Family Health Services are free and statewide. They are provided by qualified nurses, medical staff, social workers, physiotherapists and Indigenous Cultural Consultants.