As a parent, navigating the environment of early intervention can feel daunting and uncertain. If your child has been referred for early intervention, it's important that you understand the facts about these services, how they can help, and who they are beneficial for. With a lot of misinformation and lacking information out there, those facts can be hard to come by sometimes. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to know if your child is referred for early intervention services.
Early Intervention Is Not Reserved For Severe Cases
Some parents mistakenly believe that early intervention services are only offered when a child's case is severe and the child has significant developmental challenges. As a result, parents may dismiss the recommendation under the assumption that their child is not struggling enough to warrant the services. The fact is that early intervention is offered for children at many levels, and when your child is referred for services, it's because they could benefit regardless of the severity of their challenges.
Early Intervention Does Not Have To Be Expensive
You might be hesitant to pursue early intervention services out of concern that you can't afford them. The truth is that, in most situations, early intervention services are provided free of charge for the children who need them. If your child needs any type of special service or support, you may need to negotiate service fees for that, but standard early intervention services often cost nothing for your child.
Early Intervention Helps Minimize Developmental Deficits
Whether you have a child on the autism spectrum or your child is struggling with any other developmental challenges, deficits in milestones can be significant. Over time, those deficits lead to larger divides compared to their peers. Early intervention aims to prevent that. The sooner children receive additional support, the less of a deficit there is to overcome. This can help to facilitate greater peer acceptance, fewer emotional struggles, and improved chances of general well-being and success.
Early Intervention Can Improve Communication Skills
Language skills develop their foundation in the early years as children begin to absorb communication cues from the world around them. Children with developmental struggles often miss those cues, which leads to struggles with interpersonal communication and relationship-building. Early intervention can teach those core communication skills to help children thrive in social interactions.
The goal of early intervention is to recognize and address struggles as early in development as possible so that children have less work to do to overcome those struggles.