Babies and Infants

I just need sleep!

That's okay - we are here to help. We have been helping families to establish healthy eating, sleeping, behaviour and communication patterns for years now. We have just never gotten around to formalising this arm of NETwork. 2013 is when we will be formally launching, 'NETwork baby, toddler & child'. In the meantime, just pop us an email or give us a call and we can help you. However bad things may seem, we have a solution and it is likely to be quick and painless!

I want to give my child the very best start.

This is what we love to hear, here at NETwork. We work with pregnant families, families with babies and also families with toddlers and infants. We are able to equip you with tools to give your child the very best start. Be it from language skills through to academic skills or choosing the right school placement, we are here to help.

Babies 'at risk' of having a developmental delay or disorder.

There is lots of research to show us that certain babies are more likely to experience a developmental delay or disorder, such as language delay or autism, than others. This could be anything from enviornmental factors experienced whilst mum was pregnant through to a sibling or family members having autism, a developmental delay, depression or schizphrenia. The good news is that if we know that our child is at risk, we can start to put strategies in place right from birth. Lu specialises in working with 'at-risk' families and likes nothing more than to watch families be fully equipped from birth and teaching their child all they need to know, just as a way of life, so as we can have the best chance of preventing these delays from occuring. Please check out our blog for more information on the recent research advances in this area, or get in touch.  

Getting started early: prevention, rather than cure.

The earlier a child can experience an effective programme of treatment, the greater the chances of helping that child reach their full potential. This is why we place the emphasis on early intervention. In fact, Lu is so passionate about early intervention that she travels up and down the UK delivering free workshops to government initiatives, public support groups and nurseries. If you would like her to speak at yours, why not contact us at info@networkinterventions.com ?

As a parent, you will be able to tell if something isn’t ‘right’ very early on. It is then a race against time to get your child the help and assistance they need as quickly as possible, setting up new learning patterns that are specifically designed to help children facing the challenges of the autistic spectrum and other learning difficulties. A young, healthy mind is eager to learn, to grow and to develop. If that mind has the right coaching, guidance and assistance, it can develop into a healthy, well-adjusted adult that can reach its full potential. This is why early intervention is so important. Children suffering from behaviour disorders and those on the autistic spectrum may be reluctant to interact normally. But with the right stimulation, they can be as eager to learn new skills as any other child.

You don’t have to have a diagnosis in order to talk to us or begin an intervention. The earlier you begin intervention, the better the results. Your child may get to the stage that they do so well that they may not even need a diagnosis. And intervention isn’t as scary as it sounds - it’s about teaching in the natural environment and encouraging the child’s natural curiosity to encourage it to change destructive behaviour patterns into constructive ones. We achieve this by teaching the child new motivations and new language, social and behaviour skills.

At NETwork Interventions, we work to understand the individual challenges faced by each child and, with the help of the family, our expert behaviour analysts can develop a programme that will help the child in everyday situations, expand their social skills and reduce the chances of the child feeling isolated or alienated. By incorporating applied behaviour analysis and verbal behaviour techniques, we can build up a relationship with the child at an early age and encourage them to develop their communication and social skills.

Our aim is to help every child lead as normal a life as possible. By introducing positive learning patterns at a very early age, we can help to prevent destructive behaviour patterns from becoming established. If left, these destructive patterns can be much harder to redirect into positive learning, which is why early intervention is so effective. Whilst the child is still in the optimum learning stage, experienced psychologists and behaviour analysts can gently guide the child in the right direction, helping both them and their families to create a positive environment and initiating acceptable responses to social situations.

The next steps...

Contact us today to find out how NETwork is helping families and schools like yours. 
For more information and resources please get in touch with us.

"Our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged 7; NETwork Interventions spent a day observing him at school and at home and quickly identified the skills he was lacking – skill deficits that we - and others working with our son - had not picked up on. NETwork Interventions trained us to help our son learn those missing skills. The results have been remarkable – he no longer cries about going to school, his concentration and behaviour are much better and he is far less likely to alienate others by the things he says. Thank you."
Parent in Surrey

"It is always a pleasure talking to Lu and Shelley - we think they are superstars!"
C & C, Ottawa

"We started an informal intervention for our 18 month old last week, Zack. Lu came for an observation around a month ago. This was followed by Shelley spending two days with our family last week. Our 18 month old had three signs and plenty of motivation and social intent, but no requests for items or people. He had a few unintelligible requests for activities and just sounds or unintelligible words for when he labels things. We have done our research. As professionals in the field of child development and with ASD and ADHD in our extended family, we know that it is better to act earlier rather than later. We didn’t want a heavy or burdensome programme for reasons of time, of finance and also of emotion. Admitting there may be a problem is actually very difficult. Last week was extremely draining emotionally in this capacity. We know that prevention is necessary as there is no firm cure and we can’t take the risk of not intervening and waiting another six months as our GP and Paediatrician told us. Shelley came to the farm with us, came swimming with us, to the park and to granny and grandpa’s home with us. She did day to day life with us such as bath time and bed time. The first day Shelley watched what life was like for me, balancing home, children, marriage and work. Life is hectic. The second day we swapped roles and she put recommendations in acting as I would and then supported me to implement it. She is coming back on Thursday to see how we are getting on and she is returning with a new schedule for me after going away to analyse it these last few days. We are absolutely thrilled with Zack’s progress already. His Gymboree teachers commented on his language ‘explosion’. His aunty, who does not know that we are running this intervention, commented on how much Zack is talking this week. I am confident that within a few months, Zack will not have a spiky developmental profile and it looks as though he will have even more skills than his peers at this rate. This is fun and I am so grateful to Shelley, Lu and Ruth who, together, have created the ‘perfect programme’ for us."
Luke, Louise, Lyndsay and Zack, Surrey, England

"This week I have been feeling very defeated with my son changing campuses at school. At the end of my call with Shelley I was filled with hope again. That is why I love our calls. Not simply because of the work with my son, but because Shelley always helps me to see a way forward. "
Gem, Brisbane

"I have had previous counselling for over two years but left because of no progress. I am finding the experience with Liz different in a very positive way. After just four sessions I am seeing great progress."
M, London

"The observation and assessment period that NETwork complete at the beginning is difficult to understand at the outset, but it turns out that it is an intricate process that [does] indeed find the issues to work on and subsequently address and resolve."
Mum, Quebec

"Dillan had significant behavioural issues and received a very late diagnosis of NVLD when he was 9 years old. This diagnosis did little to help our family. Louise quickly and efficiently set up a programme for our teenage son which rapidly identified his strengths and weaknesses. Shelley taught us and his teachers how to best address these, including language deficits which had previously remained unrecognised, Louise’s team worked within our budget, working hours and extensive travel commitments, working closely with school and our local authority to ensure everybody was on board and funding accessed. At times it felt as though Louise was coordinating a small army. Additional support of parent-counselling through Louise’s team proved invaluable, even though we were originally a little sceptical. It most likely made the difference between success and failure in our ability as parents to sustain a positive family unit whilst implementing the programme. We worked with NETwork Interventions for just under one year."
Dr Edwards, North London

"We would like to say a massive thank you for your hard work during the 2 day assessment. We are so grateful and highly impressed with your level of knowledge, confidence, professionalism as well as the kindness and respect shown to our family. Now, we really believe there is light at the end of the tunnel."
Monica, UK

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