Ages 3-6: Overview

If you have a young child, newly diagnosed, you’re still in the early stages of getting used to your child’s disability or developmental delay. This is an emotional time and you may need support and understanding from the professionals who are now a big part of your life.

The good news is that, while the road is bumpy, early childhood educators and medical professionals are most often caring, nurturing people.

If your child is beyond their first three years, there is still a great deal to learn about the world of education and other publicly funded services available to your child.

As you and your child move through life together, never give up thinking about ways to ensure that your child is included, whether it’s at school or in your local community. Inclusion is key to your child’s social, psychological and cognitive development.

It takes work to give your child the support he or she needs to develop skills and achieve goals. From pre-school to adulthood, you’ll find yourself navigating not one, but three, large systems:


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