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Services and Programmes

The Champion Centre Early Intervention Programme

The Champion Centre Early Intervention programme is for children from birth to school age who have delays in at least two areas of development.

Children who attend the Centre have a wide range of special needs. These include developmental challenges as a result of Down syndrome and other genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, extreme prematurity, epilepsy, developmental dyspraxia, ASD and brain injury.

Highly qualified and experienced staff work in partnership with parents/caregivers to provide a family-focused, strengths-based Early Intervention programme.

Small group sessions are held weekly/fortnightly at the centre. At each session the child is seen individually by a core therapy team of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, early intervention teacher and speech-language therapist. A social worker is an integral part of the team.

An integrated individual therapeutic programme is developed for each child by the team with the family/whanau. It is based on Te Whariki (the Early Childhood curriculum) and is carried out at the Centre and by the family/whanau in their own home/community.

When the child is three years of age, and Education Support Worker joins the team to support the child in their community early childhood centre.

Children’s learning and development is extended through the provision of specialist programmes (including music, play, and computer supported learning), in addition to the “core” therapy team. Specific therapy is available for children who have feeding, sensory, behavioural and relating and communicating difficulties.

As the child approaches school age, the team assists the parents/caregivers in their preparation for inclusion in an appropriate school setting. The Champion Centre offers a unique transition to school process.



This booklet - 'Beyond the Difference' - gives a brief overview of our specialist programmes. If you would like a copy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details.


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