Early Start Intervention Program

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All parents want to see their child flourish and thrive. While all children are different and develop at their own pace, sometime parents ‘just know’ something is not right. The good news is, with early intervention anything is possible.

Rocky Bay’s Early Start Intervention Program is 12-month research based therapy program for children under 5 years of age with developmental delay, or a diagnosis of a range of risk factors. See the list of qualifying diagnoses and risk factors in the FAQs below.

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Infants
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Using a partnership approach between physio, occupational, speech and hydro therapies, your child will work towards their individualised goals at home and in the community.

As parents and carers, you will build the confidence to continue development at home, improving your child’s participation in family and community life.

Participation in the program can help build your team of supports and networks, making life that much easier, with like-minded people around you.

As the program is research based, there are no costs for participants. If you child does not meet the criteria for this program, talk to Rocky Bay about your other choices for early intervention.

When we partner together, anything is possible.

FAQ

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What is the Early Start Intervention Program?

The Early Start Intervention Program is a 12 month therapy program for young children with significant developmental delay and/or a diagnosis of the following:

  • Abnormal muscle tone including hypertonia, hypotonia, dystonia and/or spasticity
  • Congenital Malformations or anomalies including craniofacial anomalies
  • Diagnosed hearing and/or visual impairment
  • Feeding Difficulty/Failure to Thrive (FTT)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Microcephaly
  • Musculoskeletal Anomalies i.e. short stature, limb deformity, spinal deformity
  • Prenatal Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
  • Seizures/Epilepsy

The ESIP program provides children accepted into the program with multidisciplinary therapy services including a combination of individualised physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and group based aquatic hydrotherapy.

The aim of the program is to:

  • Provide evidence based care and therapy supports across the home and community
  • Work towards achieving individualised goals including improving motor function
  • Provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to embed therapy into everyday routines
  • Increase participation at home and in the community
  • Reduce the incidence and onset of secondary impairments
  • Connect families and assist in the development of informal support networks
  • Assist families in advocating for future services and therapy support
Where is the program located?

Therapy services will be provided in the home environment with aquatic group based hydrotherapy provided in Rocky Bay’s hydrotherapy pool located in Mosman Park

Is the program research based?

Yes. The program is based on numerous peer-reviewed studies into the benefits of therapy for children in the specified age group and diagnoses.

How long does the program run for?

The program will run once per week for a 12 month period, plus hydrotherapy sessions (daily, one week per month).

Is the program accredited?

The ESIP is based on the framework outlined by the National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

Is funding available?

The ESIP program is a new initiative funded by Rocky Bay. There are no costs associated for eligible participants. Children with NDIS funding packages for are not eligible for ESIP can access Rocky Bay’s therapy services at hubs right across the Perth metropolitan area.

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