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Early Childhood Intervention

We support babies and children to build stronger foundations for better learning and development

Finding the right therapy at the right time

Your child is born with 100 billion neurons in their brain. At CPA, we know how to point them in the right direction.
Research shows that getting access to intervention as early as possible will give a child their best chance of learning, regardless of the condition or diagnosis. Fortunately, 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 support babies and children with a range of physical and neurological conditions to build stronger foundations for better learning and development. We led one of the world’s largest early intervention clinical trials to improve movement and cognition¹. Science-backed hope. It’s just one of the reasons why parents recommend our services.

Seeking a diagnosis of cerebral palsy?

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be made for children under 6 months of age. Our fully funded CPA Early Diagnosis Clinics (EDCs) fast track diagnosis and enable quicker access to early interventions, family support and better outcomes for the future.
Learn more about our EDCs

Access industry-leading specialists

Nine out of ten parents recommend our Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services².
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. Our range of supports 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

Flexible and convenient services

Depending on your child’s needs, you can access our programs in a range of different ways:
  • Individualised therapy – Giving children time to focus on their goals with a specialist therapist 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 – Gives children an opportunity to work on their individual goals with the additional benefits of learning from others and developing play and social skills. Parents also get to meet 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. Our therapists also provide parents with regular support and knowledge so they can continue therapy at home.

Get your free ECI guide today!

Your guide to choosing the right early childhood intervention (ECI) for your child.

Tools & Resources

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.

Guide to CP interventions

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

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CP Interventions Research Paper

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

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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.




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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.

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Early assessment and diagnosis of cerebral palsy

A guide for parents and caregivers.

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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.

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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.