Finding the right support for your baby or young child can be confusing. Making sure you access the right supports targeted to your child’s individual needs is important.
Early Learning and Therapy at VMCH offers specialist early childhood intervention supports and services for babies and young children with a disability or development delays.
For starters, here’s an introduction of some of the terms you might not be familiar with and how we can help.
What is a development delay?
This is when a young child is not achieving new skills within the expected age range.
What is a disability?
This is a physical, sensory, intellectual, communication or range of behavioural traits which affect development.
Working together, our difference
We support you in helping your child’s development, wellbeing and participation in family and community life.
We have a transdisciplinary team approach. This means health and educational professionals work together to offer a range of services specifically for your child.
Our team of allied health and early education specialists are known as Key Workers. They’re experts in speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and education.
What we do
- Evidence-based, early interventions delivered by a transdisciplinary team of allied health and education professionals
- Speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and specialist education for children up to 12 years old
- Short-term goal focused groups
- Developmental assessment clinic
- Peer support for parents and carers.
How it works
Key Workers do home visits to help build your child’s daily living skills. They give you the information, resources and support that you need to help your child learn, develop and reach their goals.
Key Workers can also visit in a chosen community location or at Primary School, child care, preschool, kindergarten and before or after school care.