Early Childhood Intervention

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) at CPA

Your child is born with 100 billion neurons in their brain. At CPA, we know how to point them in the right direction.

Through our clinically backed early intervention programs, and experience leading one of the world’s largest early intervention clinical trials to improve movement and cognition¹, we support babies and children with a range of physical and neurological conditions to build stronger foundations for better learning and development.

Science-backed hope. It’s just one of the reasons why parents recommend our services.

Find out why 9 out of 10 parents recommend our CPA Early Childhood Intervention services².

We’re passionate about maximising neuroplasticity which is why we give priority service to children aged 0-6 years, because the first five years of your child’s life are critical to their lifelong neurological development.

At CPA your specialist team work in collaboration and in partnership with you, and all from one location so we can create a personalised and family-centred plan that’s best for your child’s individual needs.

We’re confident you’ll like our holistic approach and our services too, but if you’re not completely satisfied after your first service appointment, we’ll give your money back. No questions asked and peace of mind for you.

When you choose ECI with CPA, you’re choosing to access the industry’s leading early childhood intervention physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, therapy and allied health assistants.

You can access a range of supports that will help point your child’s neurons in the right direction so they can learn and improve their:

  • Independent mobility
  • Play and social skills
  • Gross and fine motor skills and motor planning
  • Strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Thinking and problem solving skills
  • Understanding of words and language
  • Feeding and dressing skills
  • Balance and coordination

Depending on your child’s needs, you can access our programs in a range of different ways, and from different locations giving you more choice and flexibility.

Individualised therapy

Giving children time to focus on their goals with a specialist physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech pathologist, in a one-to-one setting, and in an environment that works best for the family – at home, in the community or at a CPA centre.

Group programs

Group programs give children an opportunity to work on their individual goals with the additional benefits of learning from others, peer motivation, and development of play and social skills. They also give parents an opportunity to meet and get-to-know other parents.

Intensive therapy programs

Designed around the principles of neuroplasticity, our individualised and group intensive therapy programs accelerate skill development, over a short period of time, and deliver results that are long lasting.

Parent training

Parents are often a child’s most important teacher particularly at this young age. CPA offers parent training programs to support them in this important role. Our therapists also provide parents with regular support and knowledge so they can continue therapy at home.

Tools & Resources

Which therapies for cerebral palsy really work?

Your child deserves the best evidence-based care and support available.

Through the work we conduct at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, we have access to a growing library of research that identifies which therapies work, which ones don’t, and how much of the right therapy is needed to really make a difference.

We have used this information to create a series of downloadable tools to help the families of babies and children living with cerebral palsy find interventions that will deliver the best outcomes.

Guide to CP interventions

Use this guide to identify which interventions you should consider, and those you should avoid.

CP Interventions Research Paper

State of the Evidence Traffic Lights 2019: Systematic Review of Interventions for Preventing and Treating Children with Cerebral Palsy.

0-2 Cerebral Palsy guide

This guide identifies the best cerebral palsy-specific early intervention supports, and how much is needed for each area of development.

3-6 Cerebral Palsy guide

This guide helps parents of children aged 3-6 with cerebral palsy understand how early intervention can improve outcomes in affected areas of development.

Early assessment and diagnosis of cerebral palsy

A guide for parents and caregivers.

Download guide

Follow your instincts

Many of our families have said hearing from other parents about their experiences provided great support, encouragement and strength as they navigated a pathway for their child’s wellbeing and future opportunities.

Emanuella’s story

Read how early childhood intervention is getting five year old Emanuella ready for school.

Ruby and Izaac’s story

Find out how early childhood intervention is helping Ruby and Izaac thrive.

Use these tools to support NDIS funding requests!

The level of NDIS funding available to you will depend on your child’s diagnosis, and the interventions recommended by your NDIS Early Childhood Partner or your CPA therapy team. You may also find some of these tools and guides helpful to support your request for specific interventions.

Contact us

Start your journey with us today so your child can become who they’re really meant to be.

Call 1300 888 378 or email ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au to speak to our friendly team.



CPA Early Childhood Intervention services are available to babies and young children, who have an NDIS plan, living in ACT and NSW regions including: Central Coast, Hunter New England, Mid & Far North Coast, South Coast & Illawarra, South East Sydney, South NSW, South West Sydney, Sydney, Western NSW, and Western and South Western Sydney.

Find your nearest centre here.

Living in Northern Sydney region? For assistance in finding a provider in the Northern Sydney area please contact the Northern Sydney NDIS ECEI Partner team.


  • ¹ Morgan, C., Novak, I., Dale, R. C., Guzzetta, A., & Badawi, N. (2016). Single blind randomised controlled trial of GAME (Goals. Activity. Motor Enrichment) in infants at high risk of cerebral palsy. Research in developmental disabilities, 55, 256-267.
  • ² In a 2019 CPA Net Promoter Score survey, 92% of respondents said they are extremely likely or likely to recommend CPA Early Childhood Intervention services.