Choosing And Preparing For The Right Preschool

One of the most important things that parents must put their attention to is their child’s education. It is something that must be planned well and monitored well. Why? Because it is a necessity of man and as early as possible, a child must already have a proper education from a proper school. Preparing for your child’s education is not easy. Parents should make sure that his/her child is ready for school. There are a lot of other things to consider and parents should make sure that they planned about it so well.

If your child is about to go to school, then you should read Aimee Geroux’s article which will tell you how to prepare your toddler for school.

How To Prepare Your Toddler For School

Junior kindergarten is an important step for every young child. During junior kindergarten, kids learn the basics they need for the rest of their school years. The experts are not kidding when they say the first five years are fundamentally important. Whether your little one is in daycare or at home with you, you need to be involved in their learning.

When my oldest daughters were young they attended daycare as I was a single mom working full-time. While they learned a great deal in daycare, I made it a daily routine to read and teach my girls the basics.

With Bella, I have been blessed to be a work-at-home mom. I have loved being home with Bella to teach her all that she needs to know to enter school. This is especially important to me because Bella was born premature. Coming into the world in late December instead of on my scheduled c-section date in 2014 means she will start school at 3-years-old.

I won’t lie, I have thought many times about holding her back for a year. It is a decision I have contemplated in my head as I lay in bed night after night. And every time I come to the same conclusion, I feel in my heart she is ready. I also believe a little bit more structure and rules will do her a world of good! Read more here.

Teaching your child basic knowledge beforehand would be a big help in preparing your child for school. You can already teach them at home alphabets, numbers, shapes, writing names, and others. Doing this would actually make things easier and lighter for your child in school.

Another thing to consider before sending your child to school is choosing the right school. In a country like Singapore, there are many preschools around but we cannot just choose a school because it is near your home or the fees are cheaper. That is why Chelsia Tan will help us with this matter by giving us four things to look out for when choosing the right preschool for your child.

Nursery at Tanglin in Singapore: 4 things to look out for when choosing the right preschool for your child

New to the whole process of selecting the best nursery for your three-year-old? Thankfully, Singapore’s not short on preschools that offer a holistic education, and one such example is the Nursery at Tanglin. Tanglin Trust School prides itself on specialising in British-based education developed to reflect the needs and circumstances of its children. The Nursery at Tanglin combines child-focused learning with the latest educational research and best practice. Here, Victoria Thomas, Head of Nursery, tells us more.

A close-knit community

It may be located within a large campus, but the nursery is a warm, welcoming and stimulating setting, offering a fun and happy learning environment for all children. Each class of 20 is guided by a teacher and two teaching and learning assistants, and there are shared areas within the nursery to encourage interaction across classes. What’s more, if you’re planning on continuing your child’s education at Tanglin, this place prepares children for the rest of their learning journey. Read more here.

A close-knit community, an out-of-the-classroom syllabus, a dedicated team, and an open-door policy are really some things that we should look for when choosing a school for your child. Chelsia Tan has given a good example which is the Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. So if you are living near the area, then you should probably consider sending your child to that school. If not, My Little Campus also provides nursery services at a few different locations, head over to http://mylittlecampus.com.sg/our-services/nursery/ to find out more.

Parents also have some questions in mind about whether a bigger school is better or not.  Lianne Chia will then tell us if bigger is really better. She will also tell us the role of mega centers in Singapore’s pre-school landscape.

Is bigger really better? The role of mega centres in Singapore’s pre-school landscape

Large childcare centres are becoming an increasingly common sight in Singapore’s pre-school landscape. Channel NewsAsia’s Lianne Chia looks at the benefits of these centres, and the unique challenges they face.

SINGAPORE: Carrying a green backpack and wearing the distinctive white, blue and red uniform of Singapore’s largest pre-school operator PCF Sparkletots, six-year-old Larren Kiw smiled shyly as he arrived at his school in Marsiling.

Spanning 3,000 square metres, the bright, airy centre is the anchor operator’s largest yet, with capacity to take in 370 children. There are green walls, a rooftop playground, and lots of space for children like Larren to try their hand at planting – and harvesting – vegetables.

Larren is enjoying the facilities today, but it has not always been the case: This is the third pre-school he has attended. Read more here.

One thing that students can benefit from big schools is the large play areas and outdoor gardens which could also contribute a lot to a child’s learning. So if you could ever afford to send your child to mega centers, then you should not hesitate to do so. Having a child is not easy because you have to take extra care of them. You have to carefully plan for everything because it would be for their future. When it comes to education, you should give your best in preparing them for it because it is an important part of their life which will contribute a lot for their future.

Early Intervention for Children with Speech Problems and Autism

Children are one of the most precious gifts that parents could ever receive. That is why they do everything just to make sure that their child is okay. They make sure that their child grows healthy and strong. They make sure that their child’s development is right. However, there are some cases which cannot be avoided wherein the child’s physical, mental, social, and emotional development seems to have a delay. Early intervention is one solution that could help children regarding this matter. If you require further clarification of your child’s development, we recommend Leapfrogs Therapy in Singapore.

Some children experience speech and language problems. Tatyana Elleseff will tell us about early intervention evaluations assessment for children under 3 years old.

Early Intervention Evaluations PART I: Assessing 2.5 year olds

Today, I’d like to talk about speech and language assessments of children under three years of age.  Namely, the quality of these assessments. Let me be frank, I am not happy with what I am seeing.  Often times, when I receive a speech-language report on a child under three years of age, I am struck by how little functional information it contains about the child’s linguistic strengths and weaknesses. Indeed, conversations with parents often reveal that at best the examiner spent no more than half an hour or so playing with the child and performed very limited functional testing of their actual abilities.   Instead, they interviewed the parent and based their report on parental feedback alone. Consequently, parents often end up with a report of very limited value, which does not contain any helpful information on how delayed is the child as compared to peers their age.

So today I like to talk about what information should such speech-language reports should contain.   For the purpose of this particular post, I will choose a particular developmental age at which children at risk of language delay are often assessed by speech-language pathologists. Below you will find what information I typically like to include in these reports as well as developmental milestones for children 30 months or 2.5 years of age. Read more here.

So if we ask help for early intervention, we should take note of some information that the doctors might ask like background history, language background and use, adaptive behavior, play skills, and more.

Another condition which also needs early intervention is autism. An article by ASDF will tell us how early intervention makes a huge difference four children with autism. Let us read below.

Early Intervention Makes a Huge Difference for Autistic Children

Autism is much more common in today’s society than parents might think. With the numbers increasing annually, the Centers for Disease Control has stated that one out of every 68 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Times Have Changed

Back in the day, if a child was diagnosed with autism there was little to no help available. Children were left to work independently and parents were left to pay extensively for private tutoring and assistance—often without results. Organizations like ASDF were not around to provide assistance for autistic children so that they could find a way to live somewhat normal lives. In fact, just over a decade ago, autism was considered a learning disability and often children were poorly diagnosed.

Today, autism is a growing concern and is also becoming more popular in research. More parents are aware of what autism is, and there are organizations like ASDF to help educate and provide financial assistance to parents of autistic children. Read more here.

There are several physical, emotional, mental, and social problems that come with autism. But if you let your child undergo early intervention, these problems could be lessened. For example, they would be able to gain essential social skills and react better in society. That would be a big difference.

Another thing that comes with autism is the cost of medication. Penn Medicine News will tell us about high quality early intervention for children with autism which results in costs savings.

Penn Study Finds High Quality Early Intervention for Children with Autism Quickly Results in Costs Savings

PHILADELPHIA – One in every 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neuro-developmental disorder that results in difficulty socializing and communicating needs and desires, and often is accompanied by restricted interests or activities. Research has shown that early intervention leads to better outcomes for children on the spectrum. But the cost of early intervention is high—ranging from $40,000 to $80,000 per year for intensive early intervention—and health care insurers, state and local early intervention programs often are reluctant to pay for it, thereby making it difficult for families of children with ASD to obtain these expensive services.

A recent study by Penn Medicine researchers published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that the costs associated with the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), one evidence-based treatment for young children with autism, were fully offset after only two years following intervention due to reductions in children’s use of other services.

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is designed for children with autism ages 12 to 48 months. The program includes a developmental curriculum and a set of teaching procedures that are delivered by therapy teams and parents either in a clinic or the child’s home. Read more here.

Having a child with autism could really cost money because you would need therapies, medications, and such. However, if you try early interventions, it will not just lessen your expenses, but it will also make things easier for you and your child. Early intervention could help prevent a lot of things and situations that could be worse in the future. We may not totally fix problems, but at least we could lessen or moderate them. Children are important and precious that is why they have the right to experience the best.

The Importance of Early Intervention for children

            A child’s growth is something that parents must really put their attention to. It is something that must monitor and focus on because learning is very important and crucial while children are still young. However, there are really some cases wherein children experience some problems or delays in their development whether it is social, emotional, or mental. Nevertheless, there are still ways in which this can be prevented or fixed. Early intervention is an important matter when it comes to this kind of matter.

One important thing that children learn while growing is reading and we also admit that children encounter some problems regarding this. That is why Stephanie Dunne will explain to us the importance of early reading intervention.

The Importance of Early Reading Intervention

Understanding reading development in young children can be tricky for parents who are not educators. When assessing their children’s reading skills, parents do not want to over-worry and be bothersome to the teacher when everything is fine, yet parents also do not want to be too lax and wait for things to get better if that’s not the right thing. Oh what is a parent to do?

First, know that there are set pre- and early-reading skills that children should master as early as preschool and kindergarten that, on the surface, may not seem like they have to do with reading at all. One of these important skills is called phonological awareness, which refers to a child’s ability to hear and manipulate sounds in oral language. It includes such skills as rhyming, clapping out syllables in words, and identifying the initial sounds in words, such as the sound for “m” in “monkey.”  

Proficient oral language skills are also key for reading comprehension. That is, children should have developed the ability to talk on time, have a wide vocabulary from communicating with the people around them, and have a compendium of background knowledge from experiences to pull from when trying to understand a book they are reading or that is being read to them. Read more here.

When it comes to reading, it is really important to supplement our child with advanced learning before letting them enter school. It would help them understand lessons faster because they already have known about it beforehand.

In another case, let us see the importance of early intervention therapy that saved two kids who are in a different situation. Brittany Moore will tell us about it.

Early intervention therapy saves two local kids

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Today, you wouldn’t know anything was ever wrong. But, when Janet Kelley adopted Lauryn and Jaxson, she found out their birth mother was a heavy drug user while pregnant.

My daughter was completely anti-social. Didn’t know how to look them in the eye, didn’t know how to talk to people. Nothing. Jackson had some serious behavioral issues. He was hitting people, breaking things.  In second grade the police were almost called on him twice.  It was absolutely devastating to see your child struggle like that and not know what to do,” said mom, Janet Kelley.

The behavioral issues were at times severe, sometimes too much for Janet to cope with alone. She decided it was time to get help. But making the first call, is not easy.

“It made me feel like if I have to ask for help then I am not a good parent, I am not doing the right thing and that is not acceptable,” said Kelley. Read more here.

            It is a good thing that Janet asked for help when she noticed that her children had some serious behavioral issues. Because of the therapies they went through, they were able to prevent what could’ve been worse and they were able to fix what is wrong.

Another situation which greatly affects the development of a child is autism and one thing we can do about it is early intervention. Katherine G. Hobbs will tell us the benefits of early intervention for children with autism.

Autism and the Benefits of Early Intervention

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a rising percentage of the world population is being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As of 2014, an estimated 1 percent of the world population had an ASD, with the United States estimating 1 in 68 children or 3.5 million Americans living with ASD.

Research is increasingly proving that children with an ASD benefit from the earliest interventions possible. In 2001, the National Research Council urged families not to use the “wait and see” method for early intervention as it was “likely to have significant and negative consequences.”

Louise Kaczmarek, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, cites intervention strategies that have been most successful are those that “use a hybrid approach, integrating developmental and/or relationship-based techniques with those of applied behavior analysis (which focuses on applying the principles of learning).” These types of interventions are usually play-based and parent-facilitated. They typically occur “within the natural routines and activities of the child’s day.”

Early interventions can impact multiple areas of a child’s life including—but not limited to—their academic success, communication skills, and may alleviate fiscal responsibility for continuing therapies. Read more here.

One thing that early intervention improves in children with autism is speech which is very important especially in understanding and communicating with them. Also, early interventions could help families save money because early therapies could be done which could prevent further or more serious problems in the future. If you ever notice that there is something wrong the social, emotional, or mental development of your children, you should consider undergoing early interventions because it could help you and your child a lot in many ways.

AN OVERVIEW OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

 

Executive functioning issues can make learning difficult. Kids may have trouble planning, managing time and organizing. Fortunately, there are classroom accommodations that can help them stay on top of their work.
The foundations for learning are attention, memory, and executive function. While most teachers would immediately have some sense of what “attention” and “memory” mean, many were probably never received any training about executive functions. And yet without these functions, so many aspects of our functioning would be impossible or significantly impaired.
Because there is no uniform agreement on what the executive functions are, there has been no agreement on how to assess them. If we talk about particular subfunctions, however, it is possible to answer the question. Executive functions are assessed via neuropsychological tests and assessments. For any one function or subfunction, there may be a variety of tasks or tests that tap into components.
If you suspect that your student has executive dysfunction (EDF), the appropriate referral would be to a board-certified neuropsychologist. Neuropsychologists are psychologists who specialize in the relationship between brain and behaviour. Although some of the tests school psychologists administer as part of any psychoeducational assessment do tap into some of the executive functions, in my opinion, a typical psychoeducational evaluation is not adequate or sufficient if you suspect the student has EDF.
To be successful takes creativity, flexibility, self-control, and discipline. Central to all those are ‘executive functions,’ including mentally playing with ideas, giving a considered rather than an impulsive response, and staying focused. Diverse activities have been shown to improve children’s executive functions – computerized training, non-computerized games, aerobics, martial arts, yoga, mindfulness, and school curricula. Central to all these is repeated practice and constantly challenging executive functions. Children with worse executive functions initially, benefit most; thus early executive-function training may avert widening achievement gaps later. To improve executive functions, focusing narrowly on them may not be as effective as also addressing emotional and social development (as do curricula that improve executive functions) and physical development (shown by positive effects of aerobics, martial arts, and yoga).
What will children need to be successful? What are programs successfully helping children develop those executive functioning skills in the earliest school years? What do those programs have in common?
Four qualities will probably be key to success – creativity, flexibility, self-control, and discipline. Children will need to think creatively to devise solutions never considered before. They’ll need working memory to mentally work with masses of data, seeing new connections among elements. They’ll need the flexibility to appreciate different perspectives and take advantage of serendipity. They’ll need self-control to resist temptations, and avoid doing something they’d regret. Tomorrow’s leaders will need to have the discipline to stay focused, seeing tasks through to completion.
All of those qualities are ‘executive functions’ (EFs), the cognitive control functions needed when you have to concentrate and think when acting on your initial impulse would be ill-advised. EFs depend on a neural circuit in which prefrontal cortex is central. Core EFs are cognitive flexibility, inhibition (self-control, self-regulation), and working memory.
More complex EFs include problem-solving, reasoning, and planning. EFs are more important for school readiness than is IQ. They continue to predict math and reading competence throughout all school years. To improve school readiness and academic success, targeting EFs is crucial. EFs remain critical for success throughout life (in career and marriage) and mental and physical health.
Children with worse self-control (less persistence, more impulsivity, and poorer attention regulation) at ages 3–11 tend to have worse health, earn less, and commit more crimes 30 years later than those with better self-control as children, controlling for IQ, gender, social class, and more. Since “self-control’s effects follow a [linear] gradient, interventions that achieve even small improvements in self-control for individuals could shift the entire distribution of outcomes in a salutary direction and yield large improvements in health, wealth, and crime rate for a nation”.

Is pre-schooling a great way to prepare your kid for the kindergarten

If you have made a tentative decision to admit your kid to a pre-school, you are advised to firm it up because a pre-school education will very effectively prepare your kid suitably so he will be able to adapt to the new and more structured environment that prevails in the kindergartens in Singapore . Let us now delve a little deep into this.

1. Though you, as a parent, may not have a deep understanding of the feelings of kids, you may not need a special type of education to know that children have an emotional side as well. This means that when they are suddenly exposed to a stricter and more structured environment that generally prevails in a kindergarten, they may get emotionally upset. This is not good for their mental growth. Not only that, when they are not able to cope with the new ambiance, their confidence may get a severe beating.

On the contrary, if you ensure that your kid gets a pre-school education, you can be certain that the child gets at least some exposure to a structured environment. This will do a world of good in preparing his mind appropriately for transitioning to the kindergarten stage.

2. A good pre-school will suitably jump-start the education process of your kid. All along, your child may have lived in the cozy ambiance of your home and you have been providing him with all the guidance. Of course, you may have taught him a few little things. But whatever little things you have taught him may not be of much use in molding him or making him school-ready.

On the other hand, a good pre-school will make your kid school-ready or to be more specific, kindergarten-ready. This means that a pre-school is not exactly a school in the strictest sense though there may be rules and a structured ambiance in it also. In other words, children will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a pre-school but at the same time, they will learn some of the minor but very important things such as following instructions or directions, obeying rules, and so on. They may be able to convey their needs to the school staff and teachers more clearly as well.

There is an additional benefit if you put your kid in a pre-school. When he reaches the kindergarten stage, you, as a parent, need not put forth any extra efforts nor do you need to worry about how he will cope with the slightly more difficult lessons he is taught in his kindergarten.

3. Your kid may have a lot of scope to interact, talk, and listen to other children studying in the pre-school in which you have admitted him. The more he mingles with other children, the better will be his social skills. This will pave way for improving his soft and inter-personal skills that will be useful for him when he grows up as an adult.

On the contrary, if you decide against admitting your child in a pre-school, you will be torpedoing his chances of acquiring such soft skills. Never forget the fact that nowadays, employers expect excellent soft skills from their employees. Even entrepreneurs need lots of soft and inter-personal skills. In fact, when your kid reaches the kindergarten stage, his soft skills will help him in a number of ways.

4. Good pre-schools will have trained teachers and staff who will guide and teach your kid to be more cooperative with everyone. There will be a number of activities in which your child may be asked to participate as a team member. These activities may demand a lot of coordination among the children. In other words, by admitting your child in a pre-school, you will be enhancing his capabilities to coordinate with others. This will improve his chances of shining in the kindergarten ambiance as well.

In short, pre-schooling is certainly a great way to prepare your kid for the kindergarten education.

How Private Schools provide your child with Better Options for Higher Education

The society today is very competitive. Everyday, we face competition at the workplace, competition to get into a good college, even competition to get into a good high school. Society’s pressure on kids to do well and has also added pressure on the parents to make sure that their children receive the best possible skills so that they will have a good head start in life. These necessary life skills are usually groomed in the growing up years of a child.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Thus, the school plays a very important role in how well they will do in their future. It can be a very tough process for parents when it comes to choosing the right school for their child. To learn more about private education in Singapore, do check out Singapore International School to understand more about their existing curriculum and teaching style. Below, we will explore some of the ways in which sending your child to a private school can help the child get into better high schools and also better colleges.

Private Schools Give Your Child the Option of Enrolling in Advanced Placement Courses Or IB Courses

Public schools mainly have the same curriculum that all students have to follow and they do not give the student or the parents much choice when it comes to following a certain educational program. In the case of private schools, the students have the liberty to choose between AP or IB courses that are rigorous curriculum that focus more on learning and understanding the different topics that are included in the system rather than just blindly following what the teacher says. This helps the child to develop their own method of thinking and analyzing topics that interest them. The by-product of passionate and inquisitive learning is an increase in the student’s concentration and interest. This helps them be more focused when they choose the path that they want to walk on later in life.

Singapore Private Schools Pay More Attention To Sports

Anyone who has ever played a sport in school can attest to the fact that being a good sportsman can help increase the chances of the student to get into a good college with the help of a sports scholarship. Private schools focus more on sports and extracurricular activities which further helps the students increase the chances of getting into a better college. Many students from private schools are also able to build a future in sports due to the fact that they were a part of a very good sports program in school. Private schools also have a wide variety of options when it comes to the students having to decide which sport to choose.

Private Schools Help Your Child Succeed In College

Studies have shown that out of those students who were enrolled in private schools almost 99% of them graduated high school and 90% went on to finish a 4-year college course. This is due to the fact that private schools such as hire good counselors that help the child as well as their family to explore all of the options that they can choose from and also helps them to make the right decision that will benefit the child. It was also found that students from private schools asked more questions and were more involved in the class even when it was not required.

Private schools help to groom your child in a way in which they will be prepared for life and anything that can be thrown at them in the future. They are also able to get better options for internships in high school and also better employment after graduation. This will help to give the child the confidence to live the rest of their lives striving to reach greater places.

How studying in an international pre-school can be a game-changer in a child’s life

Nothing is more important than providing the right type of education to kids during their early childhood because the life-long effects of such an education on their social, emotional, and physical development can be profound. In fact, children who have had an excellent pre-school education are found to have a higher IQ than those who are not lucky enough to get such an education. That is why you are advised to get your children admitted in an international pre-school.

If you admit your kids in a Singapore private school that follows the International Preschool Curriculum, you can be certain that the children will grow as “complete” individuals. Let us now look at the benefits such a school bestows on your children and how this move can be a game-changer in their lives.

1. The curriculum followed by international preschools is comprehensive in nature. Not only that, the schools adopt an all-encompassing approach for developing critical thinking abilities as well as other essential skills in kids. Since the curriculum is based on an objective and inquiry based learning style, children are likely to excel in a number of areas that include Language Arts, Creative Arts, Numeracy, Sciences and Motor Skills and Socio-emotional Skills. Children will learn a foreign language also. So, when they grow up, they will be much ahead of other children who have studied in other schools. Regardless of whether they decide to go for employment, take up professions or launch their own business ventures, they are likely to stand out.

2. Since an international pre-school provides a creative and holistic environment that consists of child-initiated learning as well as teacher-directed tasks, the kids will be allowed to undertake exploratory tasks for understanding the theories that are taught to them. So, when they step out into the real world and when issues confront them, they will be able to tackle them easily by being creative and by coming out with innovative solutions.

3. In general, send your child to an international preschool resources for putting in place state-of-the-art facilities for children. Kids will have adequate learning spaces because classrooms will be spacious and bright. Children will indulge in physical activities because the play spaces will also be spacious. Such an ambiance will add to the all-round development of the children and hence, they will be in possession of that “extra” factor that differentiates them from the crowd.

4. Very importantly, international pre-schools will have teachers with enviable qualifications. In fact, the preschools themselves will provide their teachers with suitable training that comprehensively equips them for molding the students the way they are supposed to do. Not only that, there will be ongoing opportunities for the teachers for facilitating their professional development and for fine-tuning and polishing their skills. This means that these teachers will have updated knowledge of the innovations that keep taking place in their fields. The teacher-to-student ratio in these schools will be low also and hence, kids will get optimal attention. In fact, these aspects will do a world of good in instilling confidence in children. Therefore, when the kids grow up, they will approach every task including those that are aimed at solving issues with an “I can” attitude.

5. International preschools involve parents of the kids in their education process. The schools communicate regularly with the parents by conducting frequent meetings and sending weekly newsletters. This is for ensuring that children do not move away from the right track. So, children who study in these schools will understand the value of values. This will help them follow only ethical ways in whatever they do.

6. More importantly, if you admit your children in a good international preschool, there are chances of they getting opportunities to study abroad. In fact, it will be easy for the children to get admission in institutions of repute in other countries. Not only that, children who study in international schools will be able to easily pick up what is taught in those foreign institutions. They will be able to easily adjust to the new ambiance. So, when they come out after completing their studies, they can have a grand take-off in their profession or career.

IMPORTANCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION

Early intervention services are intended to provide families who have children with developmental disabilities or delays with support and resources to maximize the childs abilities while respecting family decisions and cultures. Services are provided at the state or local level, and often can be arranged through the local school system.

The earlier a child receives services to address the effects of hearing loss, the more time there is to influence positive learning outcomes.

Early intervention for psychosis seeks to limit the negative impact that psychosis may have on a person’s life and to ensure optimal recovery. A whole set of specialized early psychosis treatments and services have been developed that are based on scientific evidence of their usefulness. These treatments and services aim to:

Provide treatment as quickly as possible to reduce the length of time psychosis remains untreated

Limit the suffering and negative effects of psychotic symptoms

Facilitate a rapid recovery

Provide age-appropriate supports that minimize disruption to the young person’s life and enable them to more successfully meet the developmental challenges of youth and young adulthood

Support individuals in the pursuit of their academic, vocational and social goals

Decrease negative impact of psychosis on families and engage with them throughout treatment

Achieve the best short and long term outcomes possible

Lower risk of relapse and the need for hospitalization

Preserve and develop psychosocial skills, family, and social supports

Reduce associated problems such as depression and substance use problems

Promote recovery, stability, self-determination and personal fulfillment

As with every aspect of raising your child, your full commitment and involvement in an early intervention plan are vital to the success of your child. Even with regular speech therapy, the vast majority of your childs learning will take place with you at home. At every stage of your early intervention services, make sure you are aware of what things you can do at home to continue language development.

Early Intervention improves and enhances the development of a child with developmental delays, special needs, or other concerns.

Early Intervention provides assistance and support to empower families of children with developmental delays, special needs, or other concerns.

Early Intervention lays a foundation that will improve the life of the child and offer greater opportunities.

The first three years of your childs life are a vital time for learning. Babies are taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of their environments and toddlers are exploring everything they can touch. If a disability is impeding that education, early intervention can help fill in the gaps and teach key skills.

The application of intensive, early and specialized intervention in children with autism can prove to be quite effective. But what does this all mean? Plainly, it allows autistic individuals access to care at a younger age when the brain and cognitive systems are in their nascent stages of development. The earlier an autistic child receives care, the better his or her prospects for living a fruitful and productive life become.

Early intervention services also have a significant impact on the parents and siblings of an exceptional infant or young child. The family of a young exceptional child often feels disappointment, social isolation, added stress, frustration, and helplessness. The compounded stress of the presence of an exceptional child may affect the family’s well-being and interfere with the child’s development. Families of handicapped children are found to experience increased instances of divorce and suicide, and the handicapped child is more likely to be abused than is a non-handicapped child.

Early intervention can result in parents having improved attitudes about themselves and their child, improved information and skills for teaching their child, and more release time for leisure and employment. Parents of gifted pre-schoolers also need early services so that they may better provide the supportive and nourishing environment needed by the child.

A third reason for intervening early is that society will reap maximum benefits. The child’s increased developmental and educational gains and decreased dependence upon social institutions, the family’s increased ability to cope with the presence of an exceptional child, and perhaps the child’s increased eligibility for employment, all provide economic as well as social benefits.

THE OBJECTIVES OF AUTISM THERAPY

Each child or adult with autism is unique and the autism intervention plan should be tailored to address specific needs.

Intervention can involve behavioural treatments, medicines or both. Many persons with autism have additional medical conditions such as sleep disturbance, seizures, and gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Addressing these conditions can improve attention, learning and related behaviours.

There are many things parents can do to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) overcome their challenges. But it’s also important to make sure you get the support you need. When you’re looking after a child with ASD, taking care of yourself is not a luxury or an act of selfishnessit’s a necessity. Being emotionally strong allows you to be the best parent you can be to your child in need.

If you’ve recently learned that your child has or might have autism spectrum disorder, you’re probably wondering and worrying about what comes next. No parent is ever prepared to hear that a child is anything other than happy and healthy, and an ASD diagnosis can be particularly frightening. You may be unsure about how to best help your child, or confused by conflicting treatment advice. Or you may have been told that ASD is an incurable, lifelong condition, leaving you concerned that nothing you do will make a difference.

While it is true that ASD is not something a person simply “grows out of,” there are many treatments that can help children acquire new skills and overcome a wide variety of developmental challenges. From free government services to in-home behavioural therapy and school-based programs, assistance is available to meet your child’s special needs. With the right treatment plan and a lot of love and support, your child can learn, grow, and thrive.

Don’t wait to see if your child will catch up later or outgrow the problem. Don’t even wait for an official diagnosis. The earlier children with autism spectrum disorder get help, the greater their chance of treatment success. Early intervention is the most effective way to speed up your child’s development and reduce the symptoms of autism over the lifespan.

When it comes to autism treatment, there are a dizzying variety of therapies and approaches. Some autism therapies focus on reducing problematic behaviours and building communication and social skills, while others deal with sensory integration problems, motor skills, emotional issues, and food sensitivities.

With so many choices, it is extremely important to do your research, talk to autism treatment experts, and ask questions. But keep in mind that you don’t have to choose just one type of therapy. The goal of autism treatment should be to treat your child’s unique array of symptoms and needs. This often requires a combined treatment approach that incorporates several different types of therapy.

Common autism treatments include behaviour therapy, speech-language therapy, play-based therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutritional therapy. But keep in mind that the routine is important, and the program should be designed in a way that can be sustained. You should think about what skills and behaviours are most essential and treat those first. It may not be possible to tackle everything at once.

The success rate of autism therapy ultimately depends on how the program is tailored for the patient and also how early the treatment starts.