Age 0 – 3 years are crucial in our life. Our experiences during these years influence our brain development so it is important to have lots of positive learning and emotional experiences. That’s why it’s important for families to seek to have early intervention as soon as possible.
Why early intervention is important?
What can early intervention achieve?
Early intervention methods often emphasis on supporting four key aspects of child development – their physical, cognitive, behavioural, and social and emotional development – where it is important to make the biggest difference and provide benefits during a person’s life.
How early intervention works?
A baby is born with lots of mental and physical growth still to do. Specialists design programs to support the growth to achieve the desired goals based on an evidence based approach.
Recognition and response through early intervention is integral to avoid developmental delay. The emphasis should be on using interventions that have been found to be effective through scientific research and on linking assessment results to interventions that are specifically tailored to address individual needs.
What is Milestones delay in a Child – It can be described as anything that a child does not accomplish, as per the expected standard chart. For instance No eye contact, not turning over, not crawling, not sitting, not standing, low muscle tone, delayed first word, not walking etc
Some of the common concerns noted:
- Sensory Issues – toe walking, picky eater, does not chew, afraid of loud noises, stairs, swing, haircutting, nail cutting, obsession to wheels, spinning
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Skills – Difficulty in brushing, combing, dressing, toileting skills etc
- Behavioural Concerns –No eye Contact, Impulsive, Hyperactive, Restless, Social anxiety, no peer interaction, inappropriate behaviour, temper tantrums, no sitting tolerance
- Academic Concerns –Reading / writing issues, poor handwriting, no concentration, poor memory
- Reduced Speech output –Inadequate sentence formation, Cartoonish language, no speech clarity, stammering, difficulty to produce certain sounds, change in voice, sucking / blowing / drooling / feeding difficulties