The Early Intervention Project (EIP) is a service for children and young people with learning disabilities or emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Sometimes the needs of children and young people with additional needs become so great that there is a risk of home or school placement breakdown. In EIP, we work with young people and all those supporting them to understand what is going on and achieve the best possible outcomes.
We are based within Ealing Services for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN) at Carmelita House.
The service is provided when the input from existing support teams (such as occupational therapy) is not enough.
Professionals working within the project include:
- Educational psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy
We provide individually tailored support packages which are needs-led, timely and short-term. We work directly with the child/young person, parents and school staff.
Who is the EIP for?
There are a number of criteria that we consider in selecting who can benefit from this service.
The child must be aged 5-13 years old
The child must have either:
- moderate to severe learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders OR
- complex emotional and behavioural difficulties
The child must be presenting with challenging behaviours that create significant difficulties which are affecting home or school life that may result in placement breakdown.
The young person should live in Ealing and have an Ealing GP (family doctor).
Young people 13+ can be supported in exceptional cases where they access existing services and require additional therapeutic input to prevent home or school breakdown.
What will the service involve?
This will be different for every child/young person. Typically however the following aspects will be involved:
- The referral will be presented by a professional who knows the child well and will be discussed in a multi-disciplinary team meeting.
- For learning disability cases, representatives will be present from occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, educational psychology, clinical psychology and social care.
- For emotional and behavioural difficulties cases, additional representatives will be present from SAFE, Looked After Children and the Primary Behaviour Service.
- A decision will be made about which professionals will be involved and a bespoke package of care will be created to meet the needs of the child, family and school.
- The action plan and goals will be reviewed monthly by the multi-disciplinary team.