At-risk children are born with a congenital condition or a special need that can affect their development and growth. Sometimes, the condition or special need may not be apparent at birth and parents and doctors may wonder if their child is developing within the norms.
At-risk children can show early delays in developmental milestones in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. These delays may lead to issues such as:
A developmental assessment will be needed to diagnose the condition or special needs. And once a diagnosis is made, an intervention plan can be made for the child to receive the therapy or other types of early interventions and for the family to receive the support and education they need.
Early interventions for at-risk children can help address their developmental delays and mitigate both the disability and its handicap. The aim of early interventions is to help at-risk children become as functional or independent as possible. If interventions are introduced early, some at-risk children may still reach their developmental milestones on target or close to the target.
Early intervention strategies that can be used with at-Risk children are:
1. CLASSROOM ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation is to find and use the best learning modality suited for the at-risk child during the learning process. Accommodation can be provided in the form of:
2. COMPENSATORY STRATEGIES
Compensatory strategies aim to strengthen and build skills to acquire learning. For at-risk children, compensatory strategies to improve study skills and languages acquisition include:
Remediation is frequently employed for at-risk children to develop phonemic awareness. Some remediation strategies are: