Early intervention is a well-established field of clinical practice dedicated to promoting optimal outcomes for infants and toddlers in all areas of development. This pediatric specialty has evolved and advanced over the last 30 years to assist children and families through health and developmental challenges beginning in early infancy and beyond. Addressing developmental challenges starting at birth has been proven to enhance learning and accelerate catch-up in developmental milestones in the first three years of life. Autism spectrum diagnosis is on the rise in our society. Early intervention provides families with improved coping and parenting skills when caring for a baby with challenges. The field is represented by professionals from a variety of specialities and disciplines including but not limited to infant specialists and teachers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, vision specialists, audiologists, nurses, nutritionists, and pediatric medical specialties.
If your child meets the criteria of a high-risk infant be sure to ask your pediatrician to direct you to local resources that can help!