Early Intervention

Have you noticed that your little one is developing differently?

Delays in communication and language development are often the first sign of developmental differences in young children. When we identify concerns in communication and language development, we encourage families to seek intervention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment for developmental delays increases the chances of improvement rather than simply “waiting it out” and treating problems later.

Early intervention may include speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family. Early intervention is likely to be more effective when it is provided earlier in life and can enable your child to learn new skills and increase their success in school, and life.

Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:

– physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking)

– cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems)

– communication (talking, listening, understanding)

– social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy)

– self-help (eating, dressing)

You know your child best, if you’re concerned, don’t wait. Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any signs of possible developmental delay and ask for a developmental screening. You can also access New York State’s early intervention program.

If you live in Delaware County please call 607-832-5200, if you live in Otsego County please call 607-547-6474, if you live in Chenango County please call 607-337-1729.