Early Intervention Diaconia helps families with children from their birth up to 7 years of age
We visit families in their homes.
+420 235 518 392
Mo – Fri 9:00 – 16:00 hod.
We will need to provide the following information:
The first contact is typically initiated by the service coordinator. She will take your contact details and inform you either by phone or by email about available service options. She will also inform you whether services are available or whether our capacity is full.
Within a few days, an early intervention counselor from your region will contact you and arrange a phone call. Together with you we will focus on your situation and your current needs with regards to early intervention service.
Depending on our current capacity in your region, the counselor will also offer you:
Service capacity varies from region to region. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to provide service immediately. We are very sorry that we are unable to meet some of you at a time when you need early intervention the most. Even in this case, however, we try to help as much as conditions allow.
Before the first meeting at your home can take place, we must schedule a date and time when the counselors will come to your home. Two counselors will attend the first meeting and following meetings will be handled by one of them.
In the first meeting we will discuss your expectations and determine what your cooperation with early intervention services should look like. This meeting will also help us establish a baseline for how to support your child’s development, based on observing your child’s play and discussion with you.
Meetings with an early intervention counselor usually take place in your home. Meetings are approximately two hours long and take place on weekdays. The interval between meetings is established based on the goals of our cooperation we agreed on, but can be adjusted to your actual needs. It is possible to have up to 6 meetings per year, and in between it can be useful to address current topics by phone or email.
Early Intervention shows you the options. You choose the ones that are right for you at the moment!
You will be able to discuss with counselor about current topics related to your child’s development, and together you will find ways to support your child’s development through play. If necessary, you can also address questions about social counseling, your child’s needs, and help you to find the right education form for your child. The counselor can also work on your behalf in other ways – she can look for useful contacts for you and/or arrange supportive meetings with another professional.
A more detailed service description can be found in the Diakonia Early Intervention Service Offer document.
Early Intervention can last up to the child’s seventh birthday
It may be terminated earlier if:
Discussion with an early intervention counselor can help you better understand your situation. The counselor will ask how you see your child and what you need most in relation to his or her specific development: ideas on how to help your little girl or boy develop through play? What tools or therapies can you use/attend? What can you ask for in terms of social benefits? Do you need iformation about education? We don’t provide one-size fits all procedures because not everyone needs the same kind of care. Parents can choose their own path – we offer a map to show which way they can go. So you can expect to learn what can be done in your situation. What you do next is up to you!
Each one of us is different and has our own pace of development, our own strengths and weaknesses. We don’t necessarily require medical reports or a diagnosis. Our assessment is based on observing how, with what and with whom the child plays, on its reactions, and also based on discussion with you. We then devise „tailor-made approaches“ aimed at support the child in areas where it may have difficulties. Preferably through fun and play!
Meetings take place in your home (at least three, usually six per year) and last about one and a half to two hours. In between meetings you can also contact the counselor by phone or email to discuss your needs. It’s good to think in advance about the topics you want to discuss (some parents have them written down), think about which areas of your child’s development are important to you and what additional information you need right now. Sometimes a topic will come up during the conversation with the counselor. Sometimes the conversation helps people to find the answers they are looking for themselves.
Early Intervention can be used – even if briefly – by any family concerned with their baby’s development. Therefore, we frequently consider together with the family whether or not Early Intervention is helping and how it is helping specifically. If it is helpful to you, you are not taking the space away from someone in need. Then, once you get oriented and know what to do on your own, the service ends.
If our ccapacity is full, we will offer you a place on our waiting list and a meeting to discuss your situation and your concerns. You might also look for another Early Intervention provider (provider organizations are specialized according to the predominant type of difficulties children have) – see also answer 6 for more information.
There are several Early Intervention providers in the Czech Republic.
You can look at the interactive map (link HERE) to find a provider near you who you can contact to see if they have free capacity and specialize in your child’s difficulties.