Portage is an early childhood intervention service that aims to support families who have young children with additional needs in their own homes.
The children are taught new skills through the use of questions and tasks, prompts, and rewards. Parents and carers are shown how to apply this system by a weekly or fortnightly visit from a Portage home visitor.
The training sessions are brief, usually about 15-20 minutes per day, and are scheduled when the parent believes the child will be at their most receptive. Typically, the parent will teach the child in a 1:1 situation, and will target one or two skills a week for teaching.
Monitoring and evaluation of progress occurs at the supervisors visits.