THE EARLY  YEARS

The early years of your child’s life are an exciting time full of dreams and challenges. However, concerns about a child’s development or suspicion of a disability diagnosis could overshadow the joy of a new child. At times, these thoughts and potential challenges may seem overwhelming. It is critical that parents understand: a delay or disability does not define your child; instead, it may explain his/her behavior. It may be worrisome or hard to hear, but, with the right diagnosis, you can begin to get the information you need. With the right therapy, technology and support, you can greatly improve your life, your family’s life and the life of your child.

The first five years of a child’s life are among the most important. Giving your child the appropriate services can shape your child’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning. With love and proper nurturing, your child will develop a sense of trust and security and grow into a confident adult.

“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”
Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED ASSISTANCE?

In Palm Beach County, there is a separate confidential and free of charge 211 HelpLine, designed specifically for special needs, which supports the families by providing answers and referring to resources. There, you can also find information about support groups, upcoming events, et cetera.

Early Steps, within the Division of Children’s Medical Services, serves families with infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months of age, who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Each child receives an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) that meets his or her needs. Families and caregivers also receive support to develop the skills and confidence they need to help their children learn and develop.

Source: Special Needs Kids Information
Please note: while this website originated in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, we found its information useful for all!

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Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
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