Ages 0-3: Overview


Welcome! It can be very challenging to navigate the wide range of emotions, concerns, frustrations and financial issues you face as the parent of a child with a disability or developmental delay.

The good news is there is hope and help along the way. Regardless of your child’s disability or delay, there are opportunities for your child to grow and develop. Early intervention services for children with disabilities and/or developmental delays will enhance your child’s development and may help reduce the additional stresses many families experience. Reaching out to other families who have a child with similar needs may also be helpful and provide additional emotional support.

The most important thing to know is no matter how many professionals enter your child’s life – from doctors and therapists to early intervention staff – you are the key member of the team. You are your child’s first and most valuable teacher. Be involved. Share your knowledge with others.

Give your input and play an active role in your child’s early intervention program and services. Along the way, hold a positive vision for your child’s future – one in which he or she is fully included in all aspects of a typical child’s life – from your family to the larger community.


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