Support and Programs Offered
Family and Community supports
The Biala-Stride ECI programs offer a family-centered and flexible service delivery approach to early childhood intervention. We aim to work together with families to provide an individually tailored support plan that is targeted to meet your current child and family needs. Services may be delivered within home, community and centre-base settings depending upon family need.
Biala-Stride services and supports are built on the understanding that
- all children and families have different needs
- as a family you have the greatest influence on your child’s development
- it is the right of every child and their family members to be treated with dignity and respect
- you are seeking information and resources which will enable you to make decisions about the best ways to help your child
- building on your child’s strengths in their natural environments, including community settings, facilitates further learning
- your child may need a range of specialist educational and therapy services
- with information and understanding, community services such as childcare and preschools may be better able to meet your child’s needs
- in the early childhood years a child’s, family and community services’ support needs may change, especially during transition times such as introduction to preschool and preparation for school entry.
How we work
As a Key Worker
The ‘Key Worker Model’ involves one Early Childhood Intervention professional being the primary contact person for your family. Your key worker will work in partnership with your family in identifying:
- what your information and support needs are,
- what current supports and structures are in place,
- what your family and child’s strengths and needs are,
- an initial plan to address these needs (Family Service and Support Plan, FSSP),
- your changing needs (reviewing your FSSP)
Your key worker is a window to a transdisciplinary team.
As a Transdisciplinary Team
Your key worker is part of a larger transdisciplinary team which includes a range of early intervention professionals (e.g. speech pathologists, occupational therapists, specialist teachers, and psychologists) and can draw on their skills to develop your family’s goals and strategies with you. Your key worker will consult with the transdisciplinary team with the goal to provide you and your family with the best support to meet your needs.
Where we work
Wherever possible and in line with your family’s needs your key worker will attempt to work in the most natural environment for your child and family. This may mean that your key worker works alongside you in the family home, or in an everyday setting such as childcare or kindergarten. Your key worker will work with you to understand your child’s and family’s routines with the purpose of building in strategies and supports to assist with your family’s daily life.
Family Service and Support Plan
All families are supported by a key worker. This is one team member who is your central contact and support person. Initially a key worker will work together with you to determine your main child and/or family needs and to develop a plan (Family and Service Support Plan). This is the starting point that guides the types of supports you and your child will access. You will have ongoing opportunity to review your child and family supports and needs as you work together with your key worker.
Parent and child programs
Some of the ways Biala staff work with you include:
Home and Community Support such as;
- Home based visits to work alongside families to build skills, behaviour or learning in everyday routines
- Visits to childcare or preschool to support staff to enhance your child’s learning / development needs
- Inclusion support into services such as childcare or preschool
- School transition support
Centre-based supports such as:
- parent information and networking sessions
- childcare and preschool information sessions targeting specific areas (e.g. working with children with Autism)
- individual sessions with a child and childcare staff to model strategies (e.g. communication)
- short-term centre-based groups (usually 4 weeks then a review) to provide targeted intervention for your child in specific areas of their development. Examples of current centre-based groups include an early play and music group, social-communication skills groups and a transition to school group. Parent involvement or information sessions occur within these groups