Early intervention services are intended to provide families who have children with developmental disabilities or delays with support and resources to maximize the childs abilities while respecting family decisions and cultures. Services are provided at the state or local level, and often can be arranged through the local school system.

The earlier a child receives services to address the effects of hearing loss, the more time there is to influence positive learning outcomes.

Early intervention for psychosis seeks to limit the negative impact that psychosis may have on a person’s life and to ensure optimal recovery. A whole set of specialized early psychosis treatments and services have been developed that are based on scientific evidence of their usefulness. These treatments and services aim to:

Provide treatment as quickly as possible to reduce the length of time psychosis remains untreated

Limit the suffering and negative effects of psychotic symptoms

Facilitate a rapid recovery

Provide age-appropriate supports that minimize disruption to the young person’s life and enable them to more successfully meet the developmental challenges of youth and young adulthood

Support individuals in the pursuit of their academic, vocational and social goals

Decrease negative impact of psychosis on families and engage with them throughout treatment

Achieve the best short and long term outcomes possible

Lower risk of relapse and the need for hospitalization

Preserve and develop psychosocial skills, family, and social supports

Reduce associated problems such as depression and substance use problems

Promote recovery, stability, self-determination and personal fulfillment

As with every aspect of raising your child, your full commitment and involvement in an early intervention plan are vital to the success of your child. Even with regular speech therapy, the vast majority of your childs learning will take place with you at home. At every stage of your early intervention services, make sure you are aware of what things you can do at home to continue language development.

Early Intervention improves and enhances the development of a child with developmental delays, special needs, or other concerns.

Early Intervention provides assistance and support to empower families of children with developmental delays, special needs, or other concerns.

Early Intervention lays a foundation that will improve the life of the child and offer greater opportunities.

The first three years of your childs life are a vital time for learning. Babies are taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of their environments and toddlers are exploring everything they can touch. If a disability is impeding that education, early intervention can help fill in the gaps and teach key skills.

The application of intensive, early and specialized intervention in children with autism can prove to be quite effective. But what does this all mean? Plainly, it allows autistic individuals access to care at a younger age when the brain and cognitive systems are in their nascent stages of development. The earlier an autistic child receives care, the better his or her prospects for living a fruitful and productive life become.

Early intervention services also have a significant impact on the parents and siblings of an exceptional infant or young child. The family of a young exceptional child often feels disappointment, social isolation, added stress, frustration, and helplessness. The compounded stress of the presence of an exceptional child may affect the family’s well-being and interfere with the child’s development. Families of handicapped children are found to experience increased instances of divorce and suicide, and the handicapped child is more likely to be abused than is a non-handicapped child.

Early intervention can result in parents having improved attitudes about themselves and their child, improved information and skills for teaching their child, and more release time for leisure and employment. Parents of gifted pre-schoolers also need early services so that they may better provide the supportive and nourishing environment needed by the child.

A third reason for intervening early is that society will reap maximum benefits. The child’s increased developmental and educational gains and decreased dependence upon social institutions, the family’s increased ability to cope with the presence of an exceptional child, and perhaps the child’s increased eligibility for employment, all provide economic as well as social benefits.


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