Children with learning and communication disorders have strengths as well as varying degrees of challenges in a variety of domains. No two children exhibit precisely the same pattern of strengths and challenges and, as such, no single intervention plan will meet the needs of all children with learning and communication disorders. An interdisciplinary approach to treatment should be tailored to meet your child's unique needs through a developmentally based, comprehensive approach addressing the full range of your child's strengths and challenges. Such a comprehensive intervention plan will require a number of disciplines working collaboratively together, guided by the child's unique profile described during the evaluation phase.
Your Role as Parents in this Process
Your role in your child's evaluation, intervention and treatment is deeply important. The job that all parents have as advocates for their children takes on new meaning when a child has special needs. You are uniquely qualified to help connect the world around you to your child. No one is more motivated or able than you to make sure that:
the right intervention program is developed for your child
your child gets the services needed
your child's treatment program is refined over time as your child's needs change
It is imperative that you work only with professionals who provide respect and recognition to you as the most aware expert concerning your child's developmental progress.
What Types of Professional Services Are Available?
While most children are eligible to receive services through the department of education, a comprehensive intervention plan will require the inclusion of professional services. The services required and the professionals providing these services will depend on your child's unique profile. A comprehensive intervention plan may include:
Relationship Based Models
Applied Behavior Analysis
Where Are These Services Offered?
There are many ways in which your child might receive services. Your child could
receive services at home
receive services in a developmental clinic or therapeutic center
attend a typical school with the support of special services
attend a special education school where services are integrated into the program.
Assessing the Comprehensive Intervention Plan
When evaluating and deciding upon a treatment program, you may use the following checklist: Intervention Checklist