Early Intervention

Babies develop at different rates. Some may walk at ten months while others may not reach that milestone until they're fourteen months old. Some babies crawl at seven months, while others are ten months or older. Some babies skip that step and go directly to walking. Some talk early, and some talk late. Parents, especially first-time parents, worry. Remember, there is a wide range to normal.

If your child was born very early, has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, has a visual or hearing impairment, motor problems, a language disorder, a chromosomal disorder, or any other serious condition, early intervention is critical. These first few years, from birth to three, is when the rate of learning and development is most rapid. Getting the right help for your baby can make a long-term difference.

You want to get a specific assessment of the issue(s) and a clear plan of therapy. Early intervention has been proven, both in long-term studies and on an anecdotal basis, to be effective. In fact, the earlier the intervention, the more effective it is.

Trust your instincts and talk to your doctor if your baby is not reaching developmental milestones or you suspect your baby has a hearing or vision problem. Be persistent and ask for a second opinion if you are not satisfied with your doctor's assessment.

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