Down Syndrome WA runs several groups during the year which provide invaluable networking and peer support for new families and during the early years of your child’s development. These groups are invaluable for sharing information about a range of things (including early intervention and Better Start) as your baby grows:
- New Parent morning teas four times a year
- Fortnightly Developmental Playgroup throughout the year
- The Down Syndrome WA Support Network Facebook group
Click here to go to New Parent Support Groups
Early intervention provides support for babies and young children who have a developmental delay or disability. It aims to promote the child’s development and inclusion. It 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.
All about disability and early intervention: a video by Raising Children network.
In this short video, disability experts talk about what early intervention is, how you get it and what it aims to do. They say it’s important to start early, but it’s also never too late to start. They talk about choosing a service provider and funding options. A parent describes her experience with early intervention. The video is available in a number of different languages.
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.
Better Start funding can be used to access services from Better Start providers whilst on a waiting list for Early Intervention services. To see a map of your closest providers click here key in your postcode and select a professional from the ‘pink’ list.
We recommend that you register for Better Start as soon as possible, even if you are not intending to use it straight away.
Click here to download the Better Start Brochure for children with Down syndrome.