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Early intervention - when and if so, how?

Encourage children with developmental disabilities early

Early intervention includes diagnostics, therapy and counseling of parents

Children who develop slowly, who have a disability or who suffer from a chronic illness need special support. This is where early intervention comes in. As the name suggests, it should begin as early as possible, because many things can be positively influenced in early childhood development. In North Rhine-Westphalia, there are support services for children close to home.

More informationLinks for further reading

For detailed information about early intervention, visit the website of the Association for Interdisciplinary Early Intervention VIFF.

You can also find out about support for problems identified at an early stage on the Kindergesundheit-Info portal of the Federal Centre for Health Education BZgA.

The Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe is responsible for early intervention services for children with disabilities in Westfalen-Lippe. Special schools are available in the areas of vision, hearing and communication, physical and motor development, and language (secondary level I). Information and contact addresses can be found on the website.

The Landschaftsverband Rheinland has also established special schools in 5 areas: vision, hearing and communication, language (for Sek I), physical and motor development and emotional/social development. Again, you can find a lot of information and contact addresses on the website.

You can find an insight into the therapeutic and curative education services of early intervention for children on the portal "einfach teilhaben".

On the website www.frühfö you can search for early intervention centers in North Rhine-Westphalia.


The brochure of the Competence Centers for Self-Determined Living in NRW (KSL) provides an overview of various support options and services for children and parents in the event of developmental abnormalities, chronic diseases or impairments.