We provide an integrated approach to infant and young child development in family-centred intervention that is responsive to parent strengths, competencies and priorities, and is based on up-to-date research data regarding evidence-based practices. Infant and child development consultants provide the expertise needed to assist the family to make informed decisions regarding goals and objectives for their child that will support optimal development and functional outcomes.
The family is the major decision-maker in a child's life, and its active involvement throughout intervention is essential to a satisfactory and meaningful outcome (Dunst, Trivette, & Deal, (1988, 1994); Meissels & Shonkoff, (1990, 2000); Turnbull, A.P., Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas).
Through a transdisciplinary approach, and in collaboration with other service providers in the community, we provide for the optimal development of the child and family. Support is provided within the child's natural environment where the infant and young child development consultant serves many functions. Some services are*:
The infant and child development consultant assists families in the identification of their needs, resources and service requirements. The family's involvement and participation is a recognized key factor in the achievement of successful outcomes (Bromwich, 1997).
We serve more than 15,000 children per year throughout the province of Ontario. A range of intervention strategies and approaches are used, including visits to the child's home environment at a frequency negotiated with the family. Frequency and type of service is established according to family and child needs, and is crucially dependent on the resources available to each program. In many cases we serve families in a consultation framework with Healthy Babies Healthy Children or other community service providers.
Infant and Child Development Services participate on community planning committees for a more comprehensive and rational service delivery system through Best Start, Developmental Services, Children's Mental Health, Child Welfare, and Local Health Integration Networks. (Making Services Work for People, Implementation Planning Guidelines for Best Start Networks)
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