The Five E's of Early Intervention

Briana in therapy playing a game.

In the most general sense, early intervention refers to starting therapeutic approaches as early as possible to improve the development of a baby with a delay or a problem. This should happen with support for, and active participation of families, to promote the best possible outcomes for both the child and family.   Early interventions for CP should be based on the strongest possible scientific evidence for benefit and should have the smallest possible risk of harm.  In the US, early intervention (EI)  is a system of services available under the age of 3, to support infants and toddlers with developmental problems and their families as they interact with and care for their child.   The types of services offered by EI depend on the needs and goals of the child and family and may include physical, occupational or speech therapy as well as educational, social work and psychological services, among others.   The availability of different services and the professional qualifications of those providing services may vary from community to community. In addition to publicly available services in the home, some hospitals or clinics also offer early intervention services.

1. Start EARLY

2. Should be performed EVERYDAY

3. Child should be actively EXPLORING

4. Create a stimulating ENVIRONMENT

5. Use the best EVIDENCE