Early intervention is very important for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental concerns, as it can greatly help promote their development and inclusion.
Generally, early intervention is more effective the younger the child is when they begin. Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are provided to children (0-7 years) and their families in the Geelong, Barwon, South West and Melbourne region, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a development delay, intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and other disabilities or additional needs.
What are Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services?
Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are a coordinated range of services provided to children with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder or a diagnosed disability, and their families.
The aim of these services is to help develop the child’s:
- Learning skills
- Self help skills
- Sensory awareness
- Social skills
Who are part of the Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Team?
Gateways has a multi-disciplinary Early Childhood Intervention Team who will work closely with you to to support your child.
- Speech Pathologist
Our speech pathologists can assess and provide strategies to promote communication development and eating skills. This may include understanding and using spoken language, and or alternative communication methods and social stories to promote understanding.
Our psychologist in early intervention can assist you with positive behaviour support programs and developmental assessment as well providing general support to families.
- Occupational Therapist
Our occupational therapists can assist by assessing needs and developing strategies in the areas of independence skills (eg dressing, toileting, using utensils), fine motor skills, sensory issues, and advice re appropriate equipment.
- Key Worker
Our key workers are the main professional providing early intervention support to children with a trans-disciplinary NDIS package and their families. The Key Worker can provide information about the range of funded and unfunded services which families can access. This empowers families to make informed choices. The Key Worker can also coordinate supports chosen by families.
Where can I access these services?
A coordinated therapy program, which is consistently integrated into home and kinder or childcare settings, is important to ensure the best results. Families can choose the combination of Early Childhood Intervention Services that best suits their situation. Services can be provided at:
- The family home
- The child’s kindergarten
- A childcare centre
- Family Day Care
- Gateways offices in Geelong West
- The Gateways Children’s Centre at Grovedale; or,
- Other locations requested by the family.
What is the Gateways’ Service Philosophy?
At Gateways we understand that every child and family is unique, so we aim to develop programs that best suit the needs of each individual family. Working in partnership together, makes best use of the skills and knowledge of the family and professionals.
We conduct an assessment of needs with each family to develop a service plan that responds to the family’s priorities.
Research and experience has shown that functional life skills and play activities practised in a range of real life situations allow the child to learn by doing. We are also mindful of the fact that families need to look after, and balance, the needs of the whole family.
How do I find out more information?
For more details about Gateways Early Intervention Services contact Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager.