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Early intervention program succeeds by focusing on family’s expertise

Collaboration with local organizations provide comprehensive resources for support
Ryan Rogers

The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) has been providing early intervention programs that treat family members as the experts in their child’s life for almost 40 years with overwhelmingly positive results.

BACI executive director Tanya Sather says early intervention initiatives like the Infant Development Program (IDP) and Child Care have driven these results.

BACI’s early intervention programs provide resources and information to improve a family’s knowledge and ability to support their child as they see fit.

“They’re the ones who know the best possible way,” says Tanya, adding “we just want to support them for that.”

The IDP and Child Care services work with physiotherapists, supported childcare, and speech language therapists, among other groups outside of BACI, to help achieve their goals in early intervention.

Partnerships with medical professionals, parent groups and training organizations help to provide overall parenting support.

Families who have used the services have been happy.

“In our last outcomes report, families are very satisfied with the initiatives we provide,” says Tanya, adding “the quality of service in our early intervention is well over 90 per cent satisfaction rating for our Infant Development Program, same with our Child Care services.”

“They’re the experts in their child’s life, and they’re the ones whose opinions are important to us,” she adds.

She says the fundamental ingredient to their programming is reinforcing and supporting families to know and be the expert in their child’s life.

This focus gives them confidence to care for their child the best way possible.

Families can refer themselves for the program, or be referred by a nurse or doctor.

Tanya says studies show that every dollar invested in early intervention programs for children with intellectual or physical disabilities leads to as much as $3 and $4 later saved in services and support.

“It’s a huge investment that has great payoffs,” says Tanya.

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