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Children grow and develop at their own rate. Although some children walk and talk early, others may be delayed in learning certain skills. Early intervention is like Specialised Intensive Program for school-age kids, but it’s for eligible infants and toddlers. It gives them the support they need to make progress in life skills.

 Early intervention focuses on skills in these five areas:

  • Sensory development/maturation

  • Physical skills (reaching, crawling, walking, drawing, building)

  • Cognitive skills (thinking, learning, solving problems)

  • Communication skills (talking, listening, understanding others)

  • Self-help or adaptive skills (eating, dressing)

  • Social or emotional skills (playing, interacting with others)

 Who qualifies for early intervention services?

Early intervention is for kids ages birth to age 3. To be eligible, your child must have either:

  • A developmental delay, or

  • A specific health condition that will probably lead to a delay. This includes things likecertain genetic disorders, birth defects, and hearing loss.

 How Can I Get Early Intervention Services for My Child?

Health care providers, parents, child care staff, school teachers, and social service workers are just some of the people who can refer an infant or toddler for early intervention.

If you are concerned about your child’s development, you may contact your local early intervention program directly to ask for an evaluation. Families do not have to wait for a referral from professionals.

You can find your community’s early intervention office by:-

  • Asking your child’s paediatrician, child care provider, or teacher for a referral.

  • Calling your state department of health or education.

  • Reaching out to the Parent Training and Information Center in your state.

  • contacting the paediatrics department of a local hospital.

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