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"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth." -Madeleine M. Kunin
What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention is a type of support, education, and resources to promote age appropriate growth and development. These services are offered during early and critical developmental years. A baby's brain is developing so rapidly during the first five years of life but early intervention focuses on those first 3 years. During this time, cognitive, social, emotional, motor, and linguistic skills are acquired. Each experience a child has- smelling something different, tasting a new food, hearing a new sound, forms neural connections in the child's brain. When a new experience is repeated, connections are strengthened and shape the way a child thinks, feels, acts, and views the world currently and in the future.
Early intervention focuses developing and fostering the following skills:
physical skills- sitting up, crawling, walking, reaching, grasping
communicative skills- talking, listening, comprehension
cognitive skills- thinking, learning, problem solving
adaptive skills- also known as self-help skills like eating, feeding one's self, dressing, using the bathroom
social/emotional skills- playing, interacting with others
Why is Early Intervention Important?
The learning, skills, and experiences that take place in a child's early life are a foundation for all future learning, relationship forming, and behaviors. Research suggests that by age 3, most major brain structures are mature which makes it more difficult to make significant changes in a child's development. Early diagnosis and treatment for developmental delays increases the chances of improvement. When families get wait listed or choose to wait and see if a child will "outgrow" their delays, the child may fall further behind in developmental milestones making it harder to catch up.
What Can Early Intervention Offer My Family?
Early intervention can provide you with resources, support, and information to enhance communication between parent and caregivers. By learning what is developmentally appropriate for a child, expectations of the child can shift which can improve relationships and behavior. Additionally, early intervention can make learning fun and more enjoyable for kiddos and parents/caregivers!