Screening is key for identification and showing eligibility for necessary services. There are many different programs and services available to help you learn about and celebrate your child’s unique diagnosis. If you have concerns about your child’s development, make sure to contact Help Me Grow listed below and talk to your pediatrician. A diagnosis of autism, developmental delay, or other type of developmental disability can be hard for families. However, the good news is that there are a lot of services and interventions out there to help support you and your child so they can reach their potential.
Early intervention services can include, but are not limited to, speech and language services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and training for families, assistive technology, behavioral therapies, transportation and related costs. Early intervention under the age of 5, and even under the age of 3, shows a large impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills. There is a great amount of evidence that intensive early intervention using a range of behavioral and naturalistic approaches are very effective in helping to alleviate future barriers a child or family affected by a disability faces.
Content adapted from: Woods, J. J., & Wetherby, A. M. (2003). Early identification of and intervention for infants and toddlers who are at risk for autism spectrum disorder. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 34(3), 180-193.