What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention for Speech and Language therapy is the term used to describe the services provided to babies and young children under 3 years of age.
Why Should My Child Receive Early Intervention Services?
Research has shown that when a child with developmental delays or disabilities is provided with therapy and techniques at a young age, it increases the child’s ability to learn new skills, meet milestones and overcome challenges. At Granite Bay Speech, we believe in helping the child by meeting them at their level. We also strongly encourage the families to be involved in therapy to help with the carryover of skills at home.
Does My Child Need Early Intervention?
Granite Bay Speech has created free, no-cost developmental milestone checklists to help you identify potential concerns early. Nancy Barcal, M.A. CCC-SLP developed the age milestone checklists at the request of a group of pediatricians in the bay area. The pediatricians noticed that they were not identifying developmental concerns early. Parents brought their child in to see the pediatrician when their child was not talkative and these parents were unsure what was typical development. They didn’t know what questions to ask their child’s pediatrician and when they did as, the answers typically sounded like “he’ll grow out of it” or “it’s because he/she is a boy/girl” or “it’s your firstborn/middle child/ youngest child”. These answers were not helpful and children missed their prime opportunities for learning. Additionally, when parents later discovered their child had learning disabilities, this resulted in increased guilt. The solution to all this has been the use of age developmental milestone checklists.
Listed below is a quick, confidential, and convenient test you may administer to your child at home. If, after completing the checklists you feel your child might not be on track to meet the milestones, please give us a call! Sometimes, all you need is guidance through a free phone call and other times you may need an office appointment so we can assess your child’s skills. After an assessment with Granite Bay Speech, you will know whether your child is meeting developmental milestones or can benefit from Speech-Language services we provide.
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