Between 0-3 years old, babies’ brains are growing like a wildfire. Everything is new and exciting. And they are growing to be able to explore their world by crawling, walking, reaching, grabbing, communicating, and more. Some babies need a little extra boost to reach milestones, and some are predisposed to ailments both minor and major. The Early Intervention (EI) System is a service provided by the government under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If you are worried your child is not advancing as his peers, talk to your pediatrician. She can point you into the direction of the Early Intervention System in your state.
Now, that being said, not every child develops at the same rate. And just because your neighbor’s 11 month old is walking, doesn’t mean your 11 month old should be walking. Instead, focus on what he CAN do, not what he can’t. When a lacking skill impairs your child’s daily activities, Early Intervention can be resourceful.
Early Intervention is not a bad thing! Do you take your child on play dates because you want him to socialize? Do you take your child to the playground so he can be active? Do you allow and provide and play your child with age appropriate toys? These are all opportunities an Early Intervention Therapist would take part in. An EI therapist will show you specific activities you can do to help your child meet those milestones.
Don’t think you don’t have time for EI. The therapists will work around YOUR schedule. They will come right to your house or meet with your childcare provider. Whatever works FOR YOU. The earlier you begin EI services, the better for your child.
If you think your child needs a little extra help but does not qualify for services you can also seek private therapy.
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Now, go play!