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Taking the Mystery Out of Early Intervention

What exactly is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention is a routine based system of coordinated services including Physical, Speech and/or Occupational therapies as well as nutrition, vision, hearing and developmental services that promote a child's age-appropriate growth and development, supporting families during the critical years between birth and three years of age.

What happens during Early Intervention?
Initially an assessment of your child will take place by an independent evaluator to determine if services are recommended. Dependent on your child’s needs, one or more therapies or services will be coordinated and provided in your home or at another convenient setting such as daycare or grandma’s house. These therapies may include:

  • Physical therapy if there are concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills or movement
  • Speech therapy if sound and or language formation is of concern.
  • Occupational therapy to help with feeding as well as sensory issues.
  • Development instruction to help with behavioral concerns
  • Social Service to support the family
  • Hearing, Vision and Nutrition Services to address associated issues

These professionals have had extensive experience in helping children through the use of various activities that may look like “playing” with your child. In fact, they are! A child’s work is play. Therapists work with you and your child to provide activities and suggestions that you can repeat between therapy sessions to help your child address development challenges. The frequency and length of therapy session will vary based on the needs of your child.

Early Intervention helps your child make the most of learning through play. Purposeful play is essential to brain development, particularly during the first three years of life. If your child appears not to be meeting developmental milestones, getting support early is essential. Opportunities for play with a caregiver and an Early Intervention specialist can facilitate the development of the skills needed for problem-solving, self-control, socialization and communication. Building the foundation for these skills is necessary as a child enters school and adulthood.

How long will it take for Early Intervention to make a difference?
The length of time a child receives Early Intervention Service is very individualized, but accessing Early Intervention services early may help your child catch up more quickly. Some children reach their unique goals sooner than others. Your patience as well as perseverance with your child’s Early Intervention activities as guided by your therapist is vital. Our experience at teli indicates that with encouragement and practice, each child can reach their true potential.

Early Intervention Services can help your child achieve the developmental milestones to enable them to reach their full potential. If you have questions, call teli at (412) 922-8322.

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