Getting help early matters
Cutting-edge brain research shows that learning begins at birth. The clear link between early brain activity and brain development provides the building blocks for life-long learning and function. When there is a diagnosis of a disability or developmental concern at birth, or soon thereafter, early intervention results in greater developmental gains for a child. Brain research shows that about 85 percent of brain growth happens in the first three years of life.
Early intervention enhances a child's development. After nearly 50 years of research, early intervention has demonstrated results in children needing fewer special education and other services later in life, and, in some cases, being indistinguishable from classmates without disabilities.
Families benefit, too! Early intervention helps reduce the additional stresses and frustrations families of infants and toddlers with disabilities experience, enhancing both the child and the family. Supported families need less out-of-home placement. Statistics demonstrate less abuse and neglect occurs for children receiving early intervention services.
If you have concerns or questions about your child's development (birth to 3), talk to your health care provider and call: Family Health Hotline at 1.800.322.2588 for the name of the family resources coordinator in your local area.