Moody Clinic works year round to inform the public about early intervention which may begin any time between birth to school age. There are many reasons to begin early:
* To enhance the child’s development
* To provide support and assistance to the family
* To maximize the child’s and family’s benefit to society
The rate of human learning and development is most rapid in the preschool years. If the most teachable moments or stages of greatest readiness are not taken advantage of, a child may have difficulty learning particular skills later in life.
Early intervention has a significant impact on the families of a child experiencing a delay. The family often feels disappointment, social isolation, frustration and helplessness. Families of children with disabilities are found to have higher percentages of divorce and child abuse.
Other results of early intervention
* Child needing fewer special education and other rehabilitation services later in life
* Child being retained in grades less often
* Child being indistinguishable (does not appear different) from other children
If you suspect your child may have a handicapping condition, call your pediatrician as soon as possible.