Early Intervention

What is early intervention?

Early Intervention plays an important part in the development of children with Down syndrome.

A range of services are available from birth to 6 years of age, including physical therapies and speech and language therapies, that provide support for babies and young children who have a developmental delay or disability with the aims of promoting the child's development and inclusion.

Wait listed for early intervention?

There may be long waiting lists for services in your area so we recommend contacting the Intake Worker at Specialist Children's Services as soon as possible to register your child.
See the Specialist Children's Services brochure HERE for further information.

'While you're waiting for Early Intervention'
This 'Raising Children Network's' visual pathways and diagram may be a good start for information while on a wait list.

Better Start

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services. All children with a confirmed diagnosis of Down syndrome, including those with mosaic Down syndrome, are eligible for Better Start funding. The funding is designed to supplement existing Commonwealth and State and Territory government services, it is not intended to replace or reduce disability support services that are provided in each jurisdiction. 

We recommend that you register for Better Start as soon a possible, even if you are intending not to utilise it straight away. Better Start funding can be used to access services while on a wait list for early intervention services.

FIND Better Start providers in your area using the map HERE. Select 'EDIT' My Places and select the service from the Better Start listing in pink.

Click HERE for more information and to register for Better Start.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

If you are living in an area of Victoria that has already introduced the NDIS then you may be accessing Early Intervention services through your new package. Click here for more information.

Making a start booklet
Building support for your child and family - a booklet that aims to help families understand what support is available and how to make informed choices for their child and family.

Overview of development of infants with Down syndrome 0-5 years

Developmental scale for children with Down syndrome

After diagnosis video

ECIS Intake contact numbers

North Eastern Victoria
Metro 1300 662 655
Rural 1800 627 391

North Western Victoria
Metro (03) 9393 4512
Rural 1300 363 514

South Eastern Victoria
Metro 1300 720 151
Rural 1300 720 151

South Western Victoria
(03) 9291 6500