Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Early Help Make Difference

Most of the time, infants smile at three months; play pattycake at 12 months; and feed themselves with a spoon at two years. Some children learn and develop earlier; others may take a little longer. Usually these differences will even out.

Vera Buel of Delaware County Public Health recommends that parents look for signs that can indicate an infant or toddler might need extra help. If your child does have a problem learning or developing, the earlier you get help, the better. Early help makes a difference!

Every baby and toddler learns and develops in their own way. Learning at these young ages depends on the baby’s or toddler’s ability to explore the world and people around them.

She advises that any child from birth through the age of three who has a developmental delay, disability or condition that affects development is eligible for free services under the early intervention program at Delaware County Public Health. The program includes such services as hearing and vision screening; speech, physical and other therapies; family counseling and sometimes transportation.

The early intervention program can help you obtain the best possible health care for your child. A service coordinator will put you in touch with a professional who will evaluate your child’s development. Then, together, you’ll make a plan to get help for your child—and you.

For more information, contact the early intervention program at Delaware County Public Health by calling (607)-832-5200.