It can be frustrating seeing your child left behind while others are passing milestones in their life. This could mean the possibility for a developmental delay. There are different ways you can identify developmental delays and also implement early intervention techniques.
Having a developmental delay means that your child can be a little bit slower to adapt skills and in some cases can be caused by short-lived issues. Sometimes identifying the developmental delay can be confusing, early intervention can often help kids catch up. 4-C offers a chance to receive a simple, free and confidential screening to learn about your child’s development. If a child isn’t catching up as quickly as expected, talk to your pediatrician, an evaluation can be provided to get a better understanding of what's going on.
There are 5 areas of skill development and possible delay that can occur. It’s important to understand and identify these areas.
- Cognitive skills
- Social and emotional skills
- Speech and language
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Activities of daily living.
If you are noticing set backs in these areas, it may be time to evaluate if your child is eligible for early intervention.
Early intervention can be essential with children and families of developmental delays. The services are designed to help children with developmental delays. Specialist work with kids with specific intervention needs. Obtaining early intervention services can help children catch up in development and also help with success in life. Early intervention is intended for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability. Types of early intervention services include:
- Assistive technology (devices a child might need)
- Audiology or hearing services
- Speech and language services
- Counseling and training for a family
- Medical services Nursing services
- Nutrition services
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological services
If your child is eligible for early intervention there are programs available in every state and territory. These publicly funded programs provide services for free or at a reduced cost for eligible children. These services can have a significant impact on a child's ability to learn and to overcome challenges. Early intervention isn't only for the children, it can provide assistance to parents and other family members as they nurture the child with disabilities.