Early Intervention Services are special services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays. Developmental Delay is when your child does not reach their developmental milestones at the expected times. It is an ongoing major or minor delay in the process of development. If your child is temporarily lagging behind, that is not called developmental delay.  It can occur in one or many areas i.e. gross or fine motor, language, social, thinking skills.

SPMHC has the expertise team to identify and meet children’s needs in five developmental areas.

  • Physical

  • Cognitive

  • Communication

  • Social or emotional development

  • Sensory and adaptive development

 

To ascertain the eligibility of the child for early intervention certain screening and diagnostic measures are adopted. Some children develop more slowly than the others or develop in ways that seem different from other children. Any deviation from the normal development should be dealt with at the earliest as it may lead to a developmental delay or the child may be at risk of developing developmental delays.

AIM OF EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS:

  • Early identification of infants at risk

  • Early identification of developmental delays

  • Enhancement of normal development

  • Acceleration of rate of development

  • Acquisition of new behavior/skills

  • Increase in independent functioning

  • Early detection and prevention of secondary handicaps

  • Minimizing the effects of the handicapping condition

  • Cost effectiveness

  • Psycho-social support to families

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