ST. NICHOLAS' HOME, PENANG

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We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

Early Intervention Programme

The early intervention programme (EIP) at St. Nicholas’ Home Penang started in the year 1991. EIP aims to give support to children from birth to six years old who are either blind or low vision (eventually combined with multiple disabilities). This programme includes assistance for their parents and family in order to overcome their fears and doubts and to enable them to give an appropriate education to their child. A timely intervention will make the environment more accessible for the children and they will learn to explore as well as acquire more information using all their senses.

 

Our main objectives are to ensure the child’s all round development, preventing or reducing secondary disabilities, providing medical and para medical assistance. We also aim to provide support and guidance to the parents.

 

An effective early intervention program can help meet a child's needs in five primary areas:

 

  • Developing ideas, concepts, and knowledge

  • Physical development

  • Communication

  • Social and emotional development

  • Adaptive development

The EIP is an outreach programme that covers all the northern region of Malaysia, namely Penang, Perlis, Perak and Kedah. We as the EIP team travel to the child’s house for a home based training. Each training session will last about 1 to 2 hours and each session will be done twice a month.

 

Our trainings are done in compliant to the major developmental areas which are cognitive, language, communication, motor skills (fine and gross) and lastly daily living skills. Improving the development of the child’s abilities and understanding the child’s need will decrease the risk of serious delay in his mental, physical, social and emotional development.

 

It is also important for parents to be involved in all the services the child receives. Therefore, the trainings are explained and demonstrated to them so that they can continue working with the child at home to reinforce lessons and skills that may have introduced.

 

The EIP team also will develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each child after enrolment. The IEP is a written plan describing the specific education and special needs of the child.  This provides the educator comprehensive information about the child.

 

Consider this:

 

Infants begin learning about the world around them almost immediately. When a child is unable to gather information through his or her sense of sight, it's essential to help him or her get that information in other ways. The sooner the child can get some assistance with his or her explorations, the sooner the child’s growth, development, and learning can be encouraged—this is why early intervention is so important for infants who are visually impaired.

 

When you received word that your child was visually impaired, you may have thought, "What does this mean for my child? How will this affect my child's development? And what do I need to do now?" Early intervention services can provide some answers.

 

An effective early intervention program can help meet a child's needs in five primary areas:

 

  • Developing ideas, concepts, and knowledge

  • Physical development

  • Communication

  • Social and emotional development

  • Adaptive development

St. Nicholas’ Home Early Intervention Programme or EIP has served families with visually impaired children in the northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and North Perak since 1991. It is a home based programme with each session will typically last between 1 – 2 hours. The trainings will cover functional skillsets relating to cognitive, language, communication, motor and daily living. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for each child in the programme, tracking his or her improvement and reviewed against set developmental goals every 6 months.