The early years are so important for your whole family because this is when you can begin to learn how to support and nurture your child, how to meet your child’s needs and how to adapt positively to having a child with a developmental delay, concern or disability.
Our philosophy “Support, Learn, Grow” reflects our approach which enables you to work with us to tailor services to provide you with the support you need to give your child the best possible start. Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of your child/family and focus on supporting your child in their natural environments and in their everyday experiences and activities.
In short, we believe that by helping you meet the challenges, we will help you enjoy the rewards of seeing your child maximise their development, learning and participation.
With our many years of hands-on experience and ongoing research we fully understand and appreciate the many challenges of raising a child with developmental concerns. It’s the reason you have come to EPIC.
It’s a truism that the best results are those achieved by teamwork and it’s the teamwork we put in place that will help facilitate the best possible outcomes for your child. We will appoint a ‘Key Worker’ to your child and by extension to your family.
In EPIC’s early child intervention services the Key Worker is the family’s main contact and it is around this person that EPIC’s professionals come together. The experienced team of professionals who support the EPIC Key Worker are made up from various disciplines, such as speech pathology, psychology, teaching, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Depending on your child’s individual needs your EPIC Key Worker will bring together a team who will, using our evidence-based model of practice, support you by embedding intervention strategies within daily routines and learning environments, in the home and the community.
Every family at EPIC has what we call an ‘Individual Family Service Support Plan’. Essentially, the IFSSP is like a roadmap that highlights the journey ahead. It’s a written plan that we create with you to identify your child/family’s strengths, measurable goals and strategies to support your child’s development across everyday routines. Your IFSSP is developed in consultation with your Key Worker upon entry into the program and is reviewed at agreed dates to assess progress towards goals and to determine whether other EPIC services may be required.
It goes without saying that when the focus of the services you provide are centered around children and their families, the people on your team need to be second to none. The staff at EPIC – professionals from a variety of backgrounds including special education teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists – work in conjunction with you and your child, through your appointed EPIC Key Worker.
Each and every one of our staff members are hand-picked from their particular field with an emphasis on those professionals who have a strong knowledge of early childhood development and a proven track record for their ability to work in a team.
EPIC acknowledges the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which EPIC stands.