What to Expect in Early Childhood

What to Expect in Early Childhood

Parents/caregivers know their child best and have the biggest influence on their child’s development. Children learn best from those with whom they have a relationship. Because of this, your active participation during home visits is essential to your child’s progress. Other family members also have a very important role in the partnership with the professionals who are involved with your child.

A professional who is trained in early childhood development will assess your child’s strengths and needs. Early childhood team members will ask you questions about your child’s interests, your daily routines and your priorities for your child. Together with the members of the early childhood team, you will develop goals that you want your child to achieve. These goals will be written into an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP). One person called a Primary Service Provider (PSP) will be your primary contact. You will also have access to a team of professionals. The team consists of: a service coordinator, a developmental specialist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and a physical therapist. The PSP will keep the other team members informed about the progress your child is making.

Visits will be made at a time and place convenient for you and your family. Your PSP will help you to discover what your child is interested in and likes to do. Together with the PSP you will explore activities that you can incorporate into everyday routines that will help to promote your child’s development. Learning opportunities can occur during routines such as bath time, meal time, indoors or outdoors, at grandma’s house, at the park or at the grocery store. At the end of each visit, you will develop a plan of what to focus on during the coming weeks. Children learn every day all day long, during any of the interactions you have with your child. Having opportunities to practice and play with people who love him/her, is the best kind of learning situation there is.

You know your child better than anyone else. We will rely on you to teach us about your child, and you can rely on us to pass on our knowledge about child development so that you can optimize your interactions with your child.

Remember – you are the expert when it comes to your child and your family.