OUR MODEL OF PRACTICE
The Centre's model uses a holistic approach based on a working partnership with parents/caregivers as first teachers. There are three core components – Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Early Intervention Teaching. They are augmented and integrated at age appropriate stages with music, computer supported learning, play, and Education Support programmes. Family Support services are available throughout.
This Centre-based approach is constantly reviewed and updated incorporating cutting edge research. It achieves ecological validity through the systematic incorporation of the child’s family and home life, early childhood centre and finally school into the child’s programme. This “wrap-around” service includes visits by a dietician, podiatrist, dentist and visual and hearing resource specialists, Early Childhood Centres and schools. It is a programme, which celebrates the whole child and his/her family/whanau and is recognised on the international stage for the quality of its Early Intervention practice.
Regular attendance allows the children and their parents/caregivers to form relationships with the Champion Centre teams that are both supportive and empowering. Small group sessions encourage friendships to develop, between children and between families, that continue long after they have left the Centre. The model actively promotes the development of advocacy within parents and professionals. The sharing of knowledge is key, and the consideration is always of “the possibility” for children and their families/whanau.
The Champion Centre programmes are:
The purpose of this report is twofold: