Monday, May 4, 2009

Tip of the Week: Developmental Support

Did you know that the state of Illinois provides a wide range of early
intervention services? They're free to eligible children up to age 3 and can
help with developmental challenges related to vision, hearing, speech, fine
and gross motor skills, self-help skills, behavior and nutrition.

Here are three ways the Illinois Early Intervention programs can help:

- A therapist will work at least monthly with children and their families
to provide education, intervention and environmental support.
- The therapist will also evaluate the child's and family's needs and
will review activities for parents and caregivers to do with the child.
- The therapist will provide training, evaluations and assistance for a
child's specific challenges.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s development, it's
better to be safe than sorry. Through early intervention, these obstacles
often can be tackled and overcome. Visit Illinois Early Intervention's Web
site at to find out more about
the support the state offers to families.

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