Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Developmental Delay: Family Centered Early Interventions


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Five |  Catering: Refreshments & light lunch provided

Please note: Distance learning participants may be joining this session via Webinar.

When infants and young children are diagnosed with developmental delay or disability, it is important that they receive support from professionals and families working in partnership together. This course will describe some of the key reasons for developmental delay, identify the features of effective early intervention, describe the role of the family in early intervention, and identify some of the challenges involved in helping children reach their full potential.

• What causes developmental delays and disabilities and how much of the details do I need to know?
• How do I recognise developmental delay or disorder? When do I need to be worried?
• Who do I talk to if I think an infant or child is delayed or disordered?
• What does effective early intervention look like?
• How can the adults in a child’s life work together to get the best outcomes for the child?

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Learn about common developmental disorders and the challenges involved in recognising them
• Begin to identify what you know and don’t know about typical and atypical child development
• Learn about some of the early intervention services provided in the Christchurch area
• Begin to understand what family- centred practice can look like

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Working with Families/Whānau
• Professional and Personal Development

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