Early InterventionEarly Intervention program in Mali dom - Zagreb includes (re) habilitation procedures for children with visual impairments with or without additional disabilities, from birth to three years.
- Early support system should start as early as possible in order to provide timely help for parents and children.
- Quality and professional support encourages optimal development and prevents possible risks.
- Intervention must be a balanced and planned process in which rehabilitative procedures designed to improve the child's skills are applied along with the strategies to minimize the
- negative effects of disabilities on child's development.
After Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary Assessment is conducted, child is involved in the Early Intervention program at Mali dom or referred to other programs depending on the needs of the child.
- Expert team provides a plan of support for the child and family and chooses the therapist who will be regularly visiting the family.
- Safe and relaxed family environment allows full implementation of education and rehabilitation procedures in the daily life of the child.
An expert in Early Intervention:
- carries out the individual plan,
- points out the child's abilities,
- adapts activities and means to a specific childgives suggestions for decorating the space in which the child resides,
- provides support to parents in the implementation of activities (gives information and presents the implementation of activities)
- observes and evaluates child over a longer period of time,
- focuses on the implementation of activities that will affect the optimal development of the child,
- provides a balance of several development areas (communication, cognitive development, social - emotional development, sensory integration, motor development).
Procedures / activities that are center – based:Physical therapy according to Bobath concept, Vojta concept, Osteopathic approach and techniques of Kinesio Taping.
- Sensory integration;
- Therapeutic swimming;
- Stimulation of fine motor skills development;
- Stimulation of orofacial motor skills (sucking, chewing, ...);
- Stimulation of emotional communication and parent/child interaction;
- Stimulation of early communication.
Following the recommendations of an expert team, children in Early Support program get included in the „Experience Group“ that is a part of Early Intervention program.
- Children and parents come to the group meetings once a month or more frequently depending on the age of the child and family needs.
- In younger age groups (0 - 1 year), the emphasis is on providing support to families, and for children older than 1 year on learning through experience and new situations with parents.
- Different areas of education and rehabilitation activities are geared towards the self concept development, sensory integration development, development of body image, social and emotional skills, fine/gross motor skills, cognition, speech/communication, independence in everyday activities and overcoming the separation from parents.