Most babies develop at their own pace. Developmental milestones provide a general idea of the changes you can expect, but don’t be alarmed if your own baby’s development takes a slightly different course.
It may be helpful to record milestones and speak with your medical provider if you have any concerns. Your provider may refer your child for an Early Intervention Evaluation.
What will an Early Intervention Evaluation tell me about my child?
During an evaluation, the early intervention team will gather information about your child to answer specific questions about your child’s development. An early intervention evaluation will give you and the early intervention team information about your child’s development and help decide if there is a need for ongoing early intervention services.
The early intervention evaluation will look at gross motor skills, fine motor skills, communication, speech, language, sensory, social & emotional development, cognitive adaptive and self-help skills.
Who is eligible for early intervention services?
In many states infants and toddlers are eligible for early intervention services if they are under 3 years of age and meet the following criteria:
- Developmental delay of 25% or more areas of development
- Developmental delay of 33% or more in one area of development
- Medically diagnosed physical or mental condition that typically results in developmental delay (for example, Turner Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy etc.)