Early intervention applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or to be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development. Early intervention provides services such children and their families may need for the purpose of reducing the effects of the handicap. Early intervention can remediate the existing developmental problems or prevent their occurrence.

There are many reasons for early intervention to begin as early as possible. Early intervention can include a variety of therapeutic and support services to help your child grow and develop, and to help parents care for their child. Services are often offered for preschoolers (between birth and school age) who have been identified with delays, in one or more of the following developmental areas: physical, cognitive, communication, and/or social-emotional.

Early intervention may focus on only the child or on both the child and the family. These services can have a significant and positive impact on the parents and siblings of a developmentally delayed infant or young child. The families of these children often feel disappointment, social isolation, added stress, frustration, and helplessness. The stresses of the presence of an exceptional child may affect the family’s well-being and interfere with the child’s development. Early intervention facilitates parents and siblings to improve their outlooks about themselves and their child, and can add a positive and healthy dimension to the family environment.

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