Why Early Intervention Programs are Important

At Easterseals Crossroads, we understand the importance of providing early intervention services for children aged birth to three years with a diagnosed disability, developmental delay or those┬ábiologically at risk of a developmental delay. As a parent, do you know what signs to look for in your child’s development to identify a potential delay?

Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child’s failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Not all milestones are as easy to identify as walking and talking, which is why the free online Ages & Stages Questionnaires is here to help.

When kids get the right treatment and therapy they need before the age of five, they are ready to learn alongside their peers, build lifelong skills, and achieve their dreams. We know kids who do well in school, do well in life.

  • For children who are identified before age three and enrolled in early intervention services, more than 11 percent do not need special education.
  • Research demonstrates that children who attend high quality pre-kindergarten programs are less likely to be held back a grade, less likely to need special education and more likely to graduate high school. They are less involved in crime and delinquency. They also earn more as adults and are less likely to become dependent on welfare.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2010 there were 75,217,000 children under age 18, and 21,000,000 children aged 5 or younger with a disability or were at risk of a disability. Among children under 18, nearly 14% had a special health care need and could benefit from screening and services. 1 in 5 households with children has a child with a special health care need.

To determine if your child could benefit from early intervention services, take the free online Ages & Stages Questionnaires. Each survey is geared towards your child’s age (0 – 5) and asks questions about their development in five different sensory areas: cognitive, sensory, language, social/emotional and movement.

Easterseals Crossroads provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, augmentative communication services and behavioral therapy either in your home or at our facility.

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