"Early intervention applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development. Early intervention consists in the provision of services such children and their families for the purpose of lessening the effects of the condition. Early intervention can be remedial or preventive in nature--remediating existing developmental problems or preventing their occurrence." (Source: http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/early.intervention.html)
SCSC applies the early intervention approach in her approach in designing programs to support the needs of children with special needs (or at risk) and their family, such as professional support services, music therapy program, educational programs etc. For a list of our programs and activities, please click on the News and Event section.
According to literature review, "understanding of the crucial nature of the early years of life in establishing the‘fragile or sturdy foundations' upon which later development is built has increased greatly in recent years (Shonkoff & Phillips 2000). Studies in neuroscience (Perry 2001), epidemiology and longitudinal studies of child health (Hobcraft 1998; Duncan & Brookes-Gunn 1997) show the strong relationship between what has been called the stress pathway and behaviour, physical and mental health. McCain and Mustard (2002) highlight a key conclusion from this new knowledge: regulatory control of the brain and its pathways are shaped by events during the prenatal period and in the early years of life. The quality of care received during this period strongly influences not only early development (McCain & Mustard 2002) but extends into adulthood (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000)." (Prevention and Early Intervention Literature Review, DoCS May 2005)