What is an Early Intervention program?
Early Intervention is a federally-mandated requirement to bring intervention services to children under the age of three in their natural environments, if the child is experiencing delays in development or is at risk of falling behind in development. Anyone may refer to the program, anywhere in the country. An assessment must be completely in a timely manner, to screen or assess for delays in language development, social interaction, thinking skills, motor skills and adaptive functioning.
Occupational therapy in early intervention addresses motor and adaptive skills development. In each geographic area, throughout Canada, there are agencies who help families navigate through all other agencies that also serve young children, in an effort to create a more seamless and continuous system of care.
if you’re not already registered with BC Children and Family Services
“The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities.” – Queen Alexandra Early Intervention Program
Additional Services for children birth to kindergarten
Medically necessary occupational, physical or speech therapy for babies and toddlers may also be available to families through their private or public health insurance programs. Canadian Children’s Therapy provides services to families in this way, and coordinates with others involved in the care of your child. Canadian Children’s Therapy offers a full range of Occupational Therapy services for babies and toddlers. Our therapist has over 20 years experience handling special needs babies with a wide range of medical diagnosis. Our therapist is RASP-listed for those eligible under the Autism program in BC.