The Benefits of Early Intervention
Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Often times, delays in communication and language development are the first sign of developmental problems in a child. Why is it important to recognize these delays as early as possible? Because the sooner communication and language disorders are addressed and treated, the better the chances of preventing potential problems with behavior, learning, reading and social interaction. It's true - Research shows that by age 3, most of the major brain structures have matured and it becomes increasingly difficult to make significant changes in the growth and development of a child. So what exactly are the big benefits of early intervention?
Enhancing Your Child's Development
Research has definitively shown that the rate of learning and development is most rapid during preschool years. When a child misses educational opportunities during a state of maximum readiness or extremely teachable moments, a child may have difficulty learning that skill down the road at a later time.
Support For Families
The family of a child who requires therapeutic services can often be confronted with added stress, frustration, and a sense of helplessness. In turn, the family’s well-being may be affected and it could interfere with the child’s development.Early intervention can help improve the attitudes and understanding of parents regarding not only their child, but themselves as well, and can help the family develop skills for teaching their child thereby finding more relaxed time for leisure and employment.
As your child increases and builds developmental and educational gains, and decreases dependence on social institutions, they are developing and building their eligibility for employment. As meaningful employment can be an extremely effective way to boost an individual’s self-esteem and sense that they play a valuable role within their community, maximizing the potential for increased independence can play an important role in the child's future.