Early Intervention for Developmental Delays

When you realize that your child’s development is delayed or not progressing as compared to other kids of the same age, it can be overwhelming. But if parents, teachers, and other professionals discover a child's disability early and provide the right kind of support, the child's chance to develop positive skills needed to lead a successful and productive life is higher. Early identification is possible if we are more alert to the way the child is developing during the early years and adapting to the environment as he/she grows older. It begins from birth, and continues through school age. (refer to developmental checklist)


What is the importance of Early Evaluation?


It is widely reported that the first five years of a child’s life are critical to learning and development. When a child is not reaching milestones at the expected age(s), it is important to determine whether there is an underlying reason for the delay. Every child is unique and there are so many possible causes for a developmental delay. The very first step, which can be difficult – yet is so crucial –, is to seek help and set up an evaluation.


If evaluation reveals the need for therapy, you should also get an estimate of the scope and a timeframe for your child’s therapy plan. Studies have shown that children who receive early intervention for speech and/or motor delays have a higher chance of showing significant progress on a regular basis.


What is Early Intervention?


Early intervention is the process of seeking and utilizing the various therapeutic services available in our community to help your child reach his or her full potential.


What are the goals of Early Intervention?


  • It is to provide support to families to support their child's development.
  • It is to promote the child's development in key domains such as learning, communication, motor development or hand-eye coordination etc.
  • It is to encourage the child's coping confidence, and finally it is to prevent the appearance of future problems.


What is done in Early Intervention?


Early intervention involves identifying the problem areas and designing a program to suit the child's needs. Specialized education program, therapy (occupational. speech, psychotherapy) services for the child along with support for the family is an integral part of intervention.


How are families supported through these programs?


Sometimes families experience anxiety when a child is diagnosed with developmental delays. Early intervention programs can be customized to fit the needs of not only the child, but the family as well. Beginning the process of early intervention will give parents a sense of empowerment because they are taking action to help their child reach milestones. In addition, it will arm them with a wealth of information on various topics, from goal setting to sibling interaction. This helps parents encourage and enrich their child’s development at home, incorporating the process into their family routines.



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