Early Intervention consists of therapeutic programmes of various specializations that are provided to children who have developmental problems or are at high risk of developing neurodevelopmental conditions from birth up to the age of three.
The aim of Early Intervention is to promote the child’s health, to promote the existing and developing skills, to minimize the developmental delay, to deal with existing or developing physical, cognitive and emotional problems, to prevent functional limitations, as well as to psychologically prepare the parents and family environment as a whole.
This aim is achieved through personalized therapeutic teaching programmes for the children, in conjunction with the appropriate support and consultation provided to parents and the entire family.
Generally speaking, Early Intervention uses methods and techniques from the science of Physical Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Occupational Therapy and the Educational Science.
The children who can benefit from the Early Intervention services fall into three basic categories:
- Infants that have conditions that negatively affect their neurological, and as a result, psychokinetic development, such as Cerebral Palsy and the genetic syndromes Down, Prader-Willi, Angelman, Cri-du-chat, Mowat-Wilson, Rett et al.
- Infants running an increased risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders due to organic or biological conditions during the neonatal age, such as prematurity and lengthy stay in the Neonatal Intensive Unit.
- Infants that come from a poor natural and psychosocial environment, and who as a result, lack the appropriate stimuli.
Our centre is the first therapeutic centre in Greece to adopt the principles of the functional management therapeutic model, at a time when it was considered alternative and unconventional with respect to traditional methods. Today, it is scientifically recognized as the most appropriate and productive method for the promotion of psychokinetic development.
As a result, our experienced and specialized therapeutic personnel is guided by and applies the principles of learning through trial and error, of an enriched, challenging educational environment, of self-induced kinesis in babies, of minimization and avoidance of excessive handling, as well as of active participation of the family, all of which constitute the key in the acquisition of kinetic and cognitive and perceptual skills.