Who is Early Intervention Nova Scotia (EINS)?
EINS is a volunteer board whose primary role is to advocate on behalf of Early Interventionists, Early Intervention Programs, and families and children with special needs.
Who is an Early Interventionist?
Early Interventionists work together with families of children with special needs between the ages of birth and six years, or school entry. Together with families, they find creative solutions to helping each child meet their full potential. This involves home visits, developing Individualized Family Service Plans, annual developmental assessments, collaboration and coordination with other professionals (e.g., Autism Support Workers, psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Early Childhood Educators, etc.). Early Intervention recognizes that there is no other period in child rearing in which parents are so involved (Early Years). Early childhood programs therefore provide a timely occasion to engage parents in their children’s development and learning.
How Does Early Intervention Help?
The impact of early intervention on families is that:
- Families gain an understanding of how to help their children learn and develop through play;
- Families become familiar with activities and materials that meet their child's level of development;
- Families learn about the community resources and services available to them;
- Children gain and improve developmental skills, helping them reach their potential;
- Families learn to advocate for their child and themselves.
(Cumberland Early Intervention Program, 2009)