Child Development & General FAQs

If you suspect your child may have a learning disability or is struggling to reach development milestones, then it’s essential to contact us for advice. That’s because there is an incredibly wide scope of signs that as professionals we would need to assess.

Misdiagnosing a child (especially based on ‘common signs’ found on the internet) may delay your child from receiving the correct help, which is why we’d always advise consulting a professional in the first instance.

Ultimately, the goal of Early Intervention is to empower parents and their children through tools and techniques that will help them overcome or best manage any challenges they are experiencing within their learning or development, and to provide the best possible foundation for the child’s future progress.

Yes. Here at Joyeux, we can offer children and their parents a number of different options for how our Early Intervention services are delivered. As Early Intervention programmes are aimed at those aged under 3 years of age, it can often be more practical for sessions to take place in the family home. An added benefit is that the child will feel at ease within their own surroundings.

There are a plethora of benefits of home based intervention for children. However, the main benefit is that it provides children with the opportunity to learn in their own environment, which they feel safe and secure in.

For parents, home based intervention also gives them the opportunity to take part in the session together with their child, which can be hugely rewarding and enriching.

Every child is unique, however, children typically start to babble at around 6 months, before saying their first words when they are between 10 and 15 months old. Children with delayed speech or language development who fail to reach these milestones may benefit from our Early Intervention Services.

It is difficult to predict exactly when your child will start talking, as any number of elements can contribute to delayed talking. However, our focus here at Joyeux is to help your child build communication skills so that they can develop fundamental skills of expressing and requesting wants and needs.

For children who are non-verbal, the use of visuals (e.g. PECS), gestures (e.g. Sign language), and assistive technology may also be used to facilitate communication and potentially speech in your child.

Both EIPIC (Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children) and home based intervention have a lot of similarities, although have fundamental differences in how each service is accessed.

In essence, EIPIC is a government initiative which provides an early intervention programme for children in Singapore who are at risk of moderate to severe developmental delays. With 21 volunteer EIPIC centres in Singapore, the average waiting time is around 5 months.

However, a home based intervention works on a one-to-one basis in the child’s home to address any development issues. Offered on a private basis, home based intervention does not incur long wait times. As we know, the earlier a child can be assessed to receive the correct support, the better their outcome is likely to be.

Here at Joyeux, we provide customised learning plans and goals for each child that are designed to meet their unique developmental needs within our home based intervention services.

Educational Therapists assess your child’s development and identify areas of concern preventing them from reaching expected milestones.

In response, we will then implement appropriate strategies and goals to help them reach their full potential.
There are a number of ways we can provide Educational Therapy to your child, including through private intervention sessions, school visitations and coaching sessions. We can also offer parental consultation.
Regardless of how our sessions are delivered, the process will always be based on your child’s Individual needs, along with your family’s goals for your child.

As with any of our programmes, we recommend continuing until the child’s overall development is at the age-appropriate level functionally. With one-to-one private intervention sessions specifically, we focus on the overall holistic development of the child. This includes fine motor, gross motor, adaptive, cognitive, social, and social-communication domains. Therefore, it is essential that the child has demonstrated a sufficient level of improvement to have truly gained benefit.