Don't Delay Early Intervention - Article
Stay Ahead of Your Child's Developmental Delay
It is never too early to start Early Intervention services with your child. Once your child's Developmental Delay has been identified, resist the temptation to convince yourself they will grow out of it or improve the older they get. Even if your child has not received a formal diagnosis, Early Intervention services can start building a solid foundation for your child's long-term developmental improvement.
A newborn baby's brain is typically developed enough at birth to control basic functions such as breathing, sleeping, hearing, smelling, and eating. At this time, the baby's brain is not yet fully developed—in the first few years of life, the neurons within a child's brain continue to form the different areas of the brain. These areas control motor regulation, emotional reactivity, attachment and affiliation, concrete thought, and abstract thought. If there is a delay in your child's development, one or more of these areas are at risk for improper development.
Genetics predisposes us to the way in which our brains develop; however, heredity is only one factor affecting human growth. We learn, starting as newborns, to express our development through movement, speech, and interaction. It is our surroundings and caregivers that teach us proper actions and reactions to social and environmental cues.
The first few years of life are the ideal years to introduce Early Intervention services. Once a child reaches the approximate age of four, brain development activity decreases drastically and the rate of difficulty in learning new skills increases significantly. Early Intervention offers a way to maximize your child's learning potential, skill development, and overall behavior.