Importance of Early Therapy
The period between the ages of zero to six (0-6) is the most important developmental phase in life. Whether it is movement, personality, social behavior, cognition, emotion or language,the child’s development follows certain processes and patterns. Although every child develops at a different pace, there is still a general framework.
When a particular aspect of development is slower or shows disorder compared with the average of the children of the same age, it is called a developmental delay. The occurrence of developmental delay is around 6% to 8%. There are many reasons for developmental delay, including premature birth, injury in delivery, genetic or inherited diseases or the environment. When it occurs, parents can seek professionals for rehabilitation training and early intervention.
Early therapy is aimed at children between 0 to 6 years old with developmental delay, physical or cognitive impairment. It provides a humanized, active and professional integration of service through assessment, rehabilitation therapy (language, occupational, physical, and psychological etc.), counseling and education. Usually, the best period for intervention is before age 6.
Early rehabilitation intervention treats children with developmental delay and enhances a child’s ability for success inlife.
Purpose of Rehabilitation
Enhance the perceptive, cognitive, verbal and physical development of children with impairments and develop their ability in self-care and social adaptation.
- Prevent worsening of the impairment.
- Decrease parents and caregivers' loading
- Increase the chances of children with impairments to be accepted for school enrollment.
- Decrease the dependence on social welfare and services from institutions.
- Possibly reduce the need for special education services during schooling.
Combination of Medicine and Rehabilitation
The combination of medical and educational intervention is very important. The professional therapist can assess the child in various aspects and co-design an individual treatment plan with the teachers so that the child can have access to better teaching resources and improve learning efficiency.