How Kids Develop

by | 29 Mar 2022 | Autism, Early Intervention, Featured, Topics of Interest

Children learn at their own pace but there are some essential skills that ought to be developed by a certain stage. If these aren’t  observed, tackle them as soon as possible to prevent problems later in life.

Kaleidoscope Therapy  Centre’s Director of Ready Lets Go, EIP and senior occupational therapist  Judith Ramos Guerrero tells us why it’s important to seek help for developmental issues at a young age. 

As children acquire skills across different developmental areas, they build on each other as they become more complex. When injury,  disease, disorders or unknown internal or  external factors affect the developing child  and cause delays, disabilities and problems in  development, professional help is necessary. 

Starting early:-

Early intervention, usually starting before the age of three, is an umbrella term used to describe a set  of services and supports offered to young children  who have been diagnosed, suspected or deemed  vulnerable to developmental challenges. These  challenges may affect their health, as well as a  range of skills: motor, sensory, cognitive self-help,  language, communication, social and emotional.  Besides parents, a group of psychologists,  paediatricians, speech, occupational and  physiotherapists, SPED teachers and other  professionals will get involved, depending on  the child’s needs. A case manager may also be  assigned to monitor the collaboration.  

Early intervention aims to address current  challenges and prevent more problems from  occurring, while also equipping children with  more tools and strengths to actively participate  in their expected environments (such as home  and school) and face challenges in the future. 

Key considerations:- 

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University sums  up why early intervention is key: 

• Neural circuits, which create the foundations for learning,  behaviour and health, are most flexible during the first three years  of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change. 

• The brain is strengthened by positive early experiences, especially  stable relationships with caring and responsive adults, safe and  supportive environments and appropriate nutrition. 

• Early social and emotional development and physical health  provide the foundation for cognitive and language skills. • High-quality early intervention services can change a child’s  developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children,  families and communities. 

• Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when  it’s provided earlier in life rather than later. 

Early intervention plays a crucial role in protecting vulnerable  children, preventing further challenges and promoting the quality  of their lives. 

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