This post is the first in a series of sponsored content pieces in partnership with ABC Pediatric Therapy.
Have you ever looked at your child and wondered if there was something you could do to help them? Perhaps something seems a little off. They aren’t talking like they should be, walking like they should be, or progressing with their age group. Early intervention may be needed and here are five signs that your child may need early intervention.
One major warning sign that your child may need early intervention is delayed speech. Signs that your child may have a delayed speech issue aren’t always easy to point out. If you have any doubt that your child is having issues, even at an early age, it’s wise to get the issue checked out by a professional. Even at as early as 12 months your baby can show signs of a speech delay. Hearing loss and speech delays coincide, so ensuring your child can hear appropriately is one of the first steps in addressing this issue.
One of the most common ways to tell if your child needs early intervention is by looking at their physical signs. There are a variety of physical goals your child should meet by a certain age. Some of the most common signs of a physical problem is that the child isn’t crawling by 10 months or walking by 18 months. Keep an eye on those physical signs, so you can determine if your child may need early intervention.
When you are watching your child play and they seem delayed, it’s wise to call in a professional. Developmental delays occur when your child isn’t progressing like they should be. Your child may qualify for developmental therapy if they are experiencing delays in a cognitive, physical, or speech form. Maybe your baby isn’t quite grasping the toy correctly or your 2 year old isn’t quite grasping the talking concept. Even if you have the smallest doubt, it’s important to get your child evaluated by a professional.
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You may notice your child is behind on all approved milestones. What do you do? This is a major sign that your child may need early intervention. Having a professional come in and evaluate where your child stands and where they need to be is a major positive step in ensuring they are heading in the right direction. (For example: your child is delayed in talking, walking, and on a cognitive level). If you are unsure, head over to the ABC Pediatric website where you can complete an interactive child development checklist!
Sensory issues may be really easy to write off in the beginning because they are hard to understand. A sensory issue is a category in which your child would work with an occupational therapist. Working with a child who has a sensory issue might include working with them to be able to touch certain textures or to be able to withstand being in a room with loud noise or a picky eater. He or she may refuse certain clothing, avoid messy play or have behavior/emotional regulation difficulties. This child may have poor transition skills, decreased social skills and frequent tantrums.
Early intervention is imperative because it’s the start to helping your child get off on the right learning path. The more help they get now, while they are little, the better off they will be as a young child in school or an adult getting their first job.
So, what do you do if you have concerns about your child’s development?
When you have concerns, get in touch with the professional in that field. Bring up all the concerns and questions that you have. If they agree that an evaluation should be done, you can then take the next step, ask for a referral (one may be required by insurance), and let ABC guide you through that process. The evaluation will determine what therapy and what needs your child has.
At ABC Pediatric Therapy, they offer so many different services and resources for parents! Children are able to receive physical, speech, or occupational therapy all in one location. If your child needs multiple services, you’ll work with their staff to be able to schedule appointments that make sense (spread throughout the week, back-to-back, etc).
Be sure to ask if you can receive a tour of the facility – you will be amazed at the different tools and equipment they have! I remember our first visit when we started therapy, it included a tour so we could get familiar with the building but also just see the equipment, see the supplies, they put so much work and energy into creating productive spaces for these children!
ABC Pediatric offers 5 locations in southwest Ohio – Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Cincinnati, and West Chester. For a full list of developmental milestones, visit ABC Pediatric Therapy’s Developmental Checklist by age.