Importance of Early Intervention for Children


The early years of childhood are a time for parents to build a nurturing and supportive environment for their children. Sometimes, this can be challenging for parents as they might have to identify and address potential developmental or learning delays in young children before they become more significant issues. Early childhood intervention is important if a child has a developmental delay or disability. It may provide benefits for the child, the parent, and for the family. Early diagnosis and treatment for developmental delays in children increase the chances of improvement and can prevent potential problems with behaviour, learning and social interaction.

In this blog, we will explore the advantages of early intervention and the positive impact it may bring on a child's overall development and well-being.

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is the support provided to babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities in the physical, cognitive, communicative, social, and self-help aspects. Early intervention lays the foundations for a child’s future development. The experiences children have in their early years have a major effect on their future health.

Early intervention is vital because when a child turns three, most of the major brain structures are mature, and it becomes more difficult to make significant changes in a child’s growth and development. Failing to intervene at an early stage can lead to negative consequences later in life. By then, these problems may become more serious, damaging and more difficult to address once a person reaches adulthood.

Advantages of Early Intervention

1. Enhances a child’s development

When a child is not achieving the expected developmental milestones such as speech-related or physical milestones, early intervention can help to address these delays and issues to maximise their potential and enhance their development.

2. Provides support to the family

Children grow, develop, and learn in the context of relationships with their families in everyday routines and activities. Parents are essential to the decision-making process in early intervention and they can provide valuable insight into their unique needs and strengths. A supportive home environment can make all the difference for children and can provide children with the best chance for success in life.

3. Manageable school years

Children who receive early intervention may progress toward achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones during their school years. They can continue to make progress in terms of their development and gain confidence, which improves their readiness to face academic difficulties in school. They are better able to interact with their peers.

4. Learning through play

The early intervention programs are usually tailored to the child’s age and needs. Children can convey ideas and understand people through play, which helps them develop stronger relationships and a greater understanding of one another. Early Intervention can help in the development of the skills needed for problem-solving, self-control, socialization, and communication.

5. Building habits and routine

Learning through everyday activities in familiar places with parents, family and peers is the best way to support a child’s learning, development, confidence, and independence. Early Intervention helps to build healthy habits in children and the activities become part of their daily routine. They progress by repetition and incorporation of strategies into mealtime, playtime, and bedtime.

6. Improves relationships and behaviour

Early childhood intervention aids in developing a variety of character traits and abilities that help children get ready for adulthood. By providing them with early intervention therapy, they can begin to develop communication skills that will aid in their relationships and behavioural issues.


Earlier is better! There are various benefits of early intervention for children, from helping a child overcome developmental challenges to living a happy, healthy and successful life. It can improve the quality of life and family relationships, increase educational attainment, and support good mental health.

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