The Benefits of Early Intervention for Children

As a child grows or develop physically, his/her social, emotional, and mental aspects develop as well. Along with this, parents must make sure that their child’s development is on time and proper. They have to be observant of their child’s health condition in order for them to determine if their child needs some help. If ever parents see that something is wrong, they can consult experts for early interventions which really focus on helping children with developmental delays.

Sarah Jane Anderson will explain to us how developmental delays could be stopped with early interventions.

Developmental delays in children could be stopped with early intervention

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — A non-profit in Blount County is helping kids in East Tennessee reach their potential from birth to three-years-old.

That’s when the brain is most impressionable, and that’s why the center in Maryville is named “Birth to Three.”

The center has helped hundreds of kids throughout the years reach their full potential. One of their greatest success stories goes to a current student named Ben.

At just three years old, Ben can say his alphabet forward and backwards while signing it – and while jumping on a trampoline.

His mother Lauren Stephens said, Ben hasn’t always been so impressive, though.

“He wasn’t sitting up on his own at 10 months, still wasn’t crawling until about 17 months – so we knew there were some delays he was experiencing both verbally and physically,” said Stephens.

That’s when she took her soon to Birth to Three, where teachers help kids tackle delays in ways they don’t even realize. Read more here.

Great! There were some delays with the kid’s development, but when he was brought to Birth to Three, a center who helps children with developmental delays, he was already performing really well!

Another condition which some children are currently experiencing is autism. There are a lot of developmental delays that come with it, but it could be prevented or lessened through early interventions. Thrive Autism Solutions will tell us the importance of early intervention therapy for children with autism.

The Importance of Early Intervention for Autism

Behavioral interventions have proven useful in teaching a wide variety of skills in children and adults alike.  Perhaps one of the most documented groups of people to benefit from ABA therapy has been young children with autism spectrum disorders.  The quote below from the 2007 article in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics summarizes those outcomes:

“The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well documented through 5 decades of research by using single-subject methodology and in controlled studies of comprehensive early intensive behavioral autism intervention programs in university and community settings.  Children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in control groups. “

Children as young as 18 months old have been observed to benefit from intensive early intervention training using behavior therapy.  We won’t sugar coat it; the investment of time and effort are great.  Comprehensive therapy involves 30- 40 hours per week of instruction.  Best outcomes involve active participation and collaboration with parents and other key members of the child’s family and community.   As the adults around the child come together to teach them and respond in an organized way, the child begins to learn and achieve.  Techniques are adjusted over time depending on the child’s response and progress.  Analysis of data allows us to make those unique decisions. Read more here.

One great result that children could experience with early intervention is active participation and collaboration with parents and other key members of the child’s family and community. That alone is a lot of improvement. However, getting an appointment for early intervention is not that easy. Adele Redmond will tell us about disabled preschoolers waiting for months for first early intervention service appointment.

Disabled preschoolers waiting months for first Early Intervention Service appointment

Nicola Parsons waited a year to get early intervention services for son Sam. The Ministry of Education’s target is to have families under the scheme receiving support within 75 days.

Thousands of disabled preschoolers are waiting months for a first appointment with a specialist education service.

The Early Intervention Service (EIS) – which provides pyschologists, speech-language therapists and other specialists for physically or learning disabled children under 5 – has the longest wait time of any Ministry of Education service.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye said more children were receiving EIS support than ever before but critics said funding had not kept pace with demand.

Parsons says Sam is now doing well with support from the Wellington Early Intervention Trust to transition to Crofton Downs School.

They considered long wait times and a “black hole” of interim support meant it was no longer an early intervention service. Read more here.

It is sad to think that it would take that long before the child gets his/her service. It may already be too late if they wait that long. More centers could be built if that would be the problem. These children need help and it is something that is urgent. The authorities should think of a solution for this. Early intervention for children with developmental delays is highly important as it will greatly affect their future. They should have this as early as possible to avoid worse problems in the future.