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Dalwood Spilstead – early intervention


​​​​​​​​​​The Spilstead Model (SM) of early intervention has been designed to maximise the benefits of the three primary evidence-based interventions for vulnerable families and children at risk, within a comprehensive integrated centre-based approach.

The SM combines parent support, home visiting, and parent-child attachment interventions with multi-disciplinary centre and home-based early childhood education and development programs, in an environment of family centred and strength-based practice.


This "one stop shop" program is unique in its ability to provide a holistic approach with all services for both parents and children provided under one service umbrella and located on the one site. This enables optimum ease for family engagement and ensures maximum co-ordination and consistency of service delivery.

Dalwood Spilstead Service assists vulnerable families who are experiencing stress and challenges in the care and parenting of children under 9 years of age.

Dalwood Spilstead Service Website

The program supports families where there are complex family issues and children with social, emotional or development needs and is internationally recognised for its unique and highly successful model of care and intervention.

The Dalwood Spilstead Service is one of only three organisations in Australia certified at the advanced Phase II (Train The Trainer) level in the Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the Child Trauma Academy USA.

Our services

The following services are provided by the Dalwood Spilstead Service:

 Family services

  • Case management, professional home visiting and counselling
  • Family and parent support programs
  • Parenting education programs
  • Volunteer home support program
  • Father support services​​

 Child development services

  • Home-based early childhood education and early intervention
  • Infant supported playgroups
  • Early intervention therapeutic preschool program
  • Therapy services
  • Outreach services in mainstream preschools and schools.​

 Parent/Child interaction interventions

  • Parent/Child groups
  • Attachment focused parent/child interaction interventions​

 Out of home care service

  • Individual NMT (Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics) Assessment
  • NMT Implementation and Review
  • Training for OOHC workers. ​​