Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention: 3 reasons to find out why
1. Body Mind Connection
We all know that physical fitness and development is a pre-requisite for mental wellbeing. To be physically fit for a young child to engage in sports and normal activities will improve participation in community and build up confidence. This positive experience will lay a solid foundation for the future development of the child and the family.
There is rapid growth of the brain in the first 5 years of an individual’s life.
Any delay or poor development in earlier years of life can have a dramatic impact of life in future years to come. It is important to provide early intervention to address any of a child’s developmental issues to minimise long term impact later in life.
2. Early intervention improves outcomes
With appropriate intervention, developmental delay can be reduced and learning is enhanced. The brain of a young person is highly “ mouldable” (plasticity) and would allow the individual to regain or improve lost function really quickly.
3. Capacity building and support to parents
It is essential to support and empower parents with necessary skills to facilitate normal development of their child. Parents using correct positioning and manual handling skills will have a significant impact on their child’s interaction with their parents, environment and in their physical and cognitive development. Evidence has supported working with parents, educating parents and their participation in early childhood intervention, to achieve better long term outcomes.
When you should seek advice from a Kids (Paediatric) Physiotherapist?
If your child shows any one of the following “red flags”, you should talk to a Kids Physiotherapist:
1. Difference in strength, movement of tone between right and left sides of body
2. Loose and floppy (low tone) movement or stiff and tense (high tone)
3. Not achieving their developmental milestones (e.g. does not smile or squeal in response to people after 6 months)
4. Regression in their skills
Our Kids Physiotherapist Purdey can discuss with you any concerns you might have about your child.
Remember, it is never too late.