Why Act Early if You’re Concerned about Development?
- Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any signs of possible developmental delay and ask for a developmental screening.
- Ask for a referral to a specialist, and
- Call your state or territory’s early intervention program to find out if your child can get services to help.
What is Early Intervention?
- Is the term used to describe services and support that help babies and toddlers (from birth to 3 years of age in most states/territories) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
- May include speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family.
- Can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and increase their success in school and life.
- Programs are available in every state and territory. These services are provided for free or at a reduced cost for any child who meets the state’s criteria for developmental delay.
Why Early Intervention is Important
- The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families[1.19 MB] Accessed February 26, 2015.