You have heard me say before that intervening early is so important! The majority of brain development occurs within the first 5 years, making this the perfect time to support young children with services.
I’m sharing 5 reasons why you should seek intervention services (early intervention or preschool disability) NOW versus later. If you need help finding out who to contact, let me know!
REASON #1 to seek out intervention services NOW for your child...
Intervention helps your child build a strong foundation of skills BEFORE life becomes more demanding in elementary school.
REASON #2 to seek out intervention services NOW for your child...
Services will help your child develop skills that are needed in social situations.
So much of early learning occurs within peer groups and social settings. When children have a delay in communication, motor, self-help, social, or emotional skills, research shows that they have a more difficult time interacting or playing with children their age.
Intervention services will teach children the skills they need to interact and play with friends
REASON #3 to seek out intervention services NOW for your child...
Increased self-esteem through competence!
You know how great you feel when you can finally do something you have been working towards?! Children feel this, too!
Imagine being a child who has found a way to communicate her wants, needs, and ideas to others.
Imagine being a child who has gained control over the small muscles in his hands so that he can now hold a paintbrush and make a beautiful painting.
Imagine being a child who has learned how to ask to play, running through a playground playing tag with her new friends.
Skills build confidence.
REASON #4 to seek out intervention services NOW for your child...
It will improve family relationships.
Let’s be honest, nothing happens in a vacuum. A child’s development affects EVERYONE within your home. With more skills, your child will be able to interact with everyone in a more positive way and will be able to engage in more family activities (mealtimes, game nights, trips, etc) in more meaningful ways.
Intervention helps families support the child at home. It gives families realistic expectations and teaches them how to practice the skills at home.
REASON #5 to seek out intervention services NOW for your child...
It is a process, but the sooner you start...the sooner your child will get help!
Depending on your child’s age, it could take up to 45-60 days for evaluations to be completed and an intervention plan to be created.
If you are wanting evaluations outside of the education field, waitlists can sometimes reach 18 months long
All that to say...don’t wait any longer. Once you make the decision to call...you will have some waiting to do.