Infant Development Program
The Infant Development Program (IDP) provides support for families of children aged birth to three who have a developmental delay, are at risk for a developmental delay, or have been diagnosed with a disability.
Using a family-centred approach, the IDP consultant assists families in the identification of their child’s needs and provides an integrated approach that is parent-led. The consultant visits families in their homes or in the playroom at Community Services. The family’s involvement and participation is a key factor in successful outcomes.
What To Expect
- May refer children and families to other therapies or community activities as required.
- Follow children’s development using screening tools such as ASQ-3 or ASQ: SE2, and more in-depth assessments such as the Developmental Assessment of Young Children.
- Teaches families Infant Massage techniques (Certified Infant Massage Instructor) either 1-1 during home visits or in small community groups.
- Teaches families Attachment Parenting Programs such as Circle of Security 1-1 during home visits or in small community groups.
- To increase family’s knowledge of their child’s growth and development and learn skills that will help them encourage the development of their child.
- Weekly Playgroup is offered on Thursday’s from 10:30–12:00 on a drop in basis at Community Services.
How to Take Part
Anyone can refer to IDP including the family, physicians, public health nurses and other community professionals. A referral form must be completed and is available for download here: Early Intervention Referral Form (PDF). Family participation is voluntary and the program is free of charge. Complete confidentiality is assured