We as therapists like to use the phrase “prevention is better than cure” and that is why we are firm believers of Early Childhood Intervention or ECI. Early intervention is critical in children with a delay, whether global or speech and language, as they are unlikely to catch up without the necessary intervention. Early diagnoses also plays a vital role in your child’s progress in therapy, resulting in the likely prevention of any secondary complications or symptoms.
The first step if you suspect that your child is not developing as expecting (or your child’s teacher has raised a concern) would be to seek out the advice of your pediatrician. They would be the first to refer a child for further evaluation in terms of early intervention.
Another option would be to make an appointment with a Speech or Ocupational Therapist without a referral from your child’s pediatrician. An early intervention program will usually be made up of the following medical professionals: Speech therapist, Occupational therapist, Audiologist, Child psychologist and Physiotherapist.
Please refer to the links below to find out a bit more about ECI as well as the guidelines for speech and language milestone. Most importantly, remember that each child is different and will develop at their own pace.
Kid sense child development
With the year drawing to a close, remember that often the beginning of a new year is a good time to get your child assessed. Instead of waiting for your child to reach Grade R or 1, make an appointment sooner to identify any potential concerns and ensure that their foundation is solid to achieve not only academically but also in life.
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