Early Intervention


Children develop at their own pace. Some children walk and talk early or on time, but others are delayed in learning age-appropriate skills. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech, motor or cognitive development, the earlier you seek the better outcome it is for your child. Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists help your child develop skills including:

  • cognitive skills (e.g., thinking, learning, problem-solving)
  • communication skills (e.g., gesturing, talking, listening, understanding)
  • physical and sensory skills (e.g., crawling, walking, climbing, seeing, hearing)
  • social–emotional skills (e.g., playing, understanding feelings, making friends)
  • adaptive or self-help skills (e.g., eating, bathing, dressing).

Early intervention is different for each child and family depending on your child’s needs and your family’s priorities. Early speech, language, and occupational intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships. A lot happens developmentally in the first few years of life and the most important step is to START EARLY!

(Source: ASHA Research)

For a brief summary on developmental milestones for ages birth through 5 years, please review our Developmental Milestones

For information on how to get started with a free 10-15 minute screening or to begin the process in receiving an evaluation and therapy services, please contact us at (786) 717-5649.

If you’re interested in additional ways to help support your child’s development, we encourage you to review our Specialized Programs which include our Exceptional Camp.

 

Did You Know?

  • Approximately 19 percent of children between the ages of two and seven demonstrate a language delay.
  • The prevalence of speech sound disorders in young children is 8-9%. By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.
  • It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans stutter.
  • It is estimated that approximately 80,000 individuals acquire aphasia each year.
  • Incidence of childhood stuttering is highest between a child’s second and fourth birthdays, ultimately affecting 4% to 5% of the population.
  • Case histories often reveal a positive family history of communication disorders. Between 28% and 60% of children with a speech and language deficit have a sibling and/or parent who is also affected.

(Source: ASHA Research)


Play Skills

Play lets children develop their creativity, imagination, dexterity, cognitive, and emotional skills. Play is a very important element to healthy brain development. Appropriate play skills at an early age encourage language and motor development, as well as, interaction and engagement with the world around them. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

 

Social Stages of Play:

Social Stages

Definition

Age

Example

Onlooker Play

Children watching others during play and may be reluctant to join or may not know how to play

Can be at various ages

2 children are playing on a slide, while a 3rd child is standing by watching them

Solitary Play

Children playing by themselves without interactions with other children

<2 years old

A child playing on their own sorting and stacking nesting cups

Parallel Play

Children playing alongside each other, in similar activities, without obvious communication or interaction

2-3 years old

2 or more children playing with blocks near each other but not talking with each other

Associative Play

Children participating in similar or identical activities without formal organization or a definite goal

3.5-4.5 years old

2 or more children playing with blocks building the same thing, talking with each other but not working together to create something

Cooperative Play

Solving a problem by working together to achieve a common goal

4-5 years old

2 or more children are playing with blocks building the same thing

If you’re in doubt about whether your child is or is not meeting their developmental milestones or age-appropriate play skills, ask us for a free 10-15 minute speech and occupational screening or ask us about the evaluation process for our speech and occupational therapy services. 

For more information on how to get started at Exceptional Speech Therapy, please contact us at (786) 717-5649.

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