Children grow and develop rapidly during their first three years of life. Although each child is special and grows and learns at his or her own pace, some children need extra help. This extra help is called Early Childhood Intervention.
Research shows that growth and development are most rapid in the first three years of life. The earlier a delay can be identified, and a child receive intervention, the better the outcome for that child.
Because parents spend so much time with their children, they often are the first to identify a concern about development. If there are concerns or questions about how a child is growing or learning.
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Babies and toddlers grow and develop very rapidly in the early years of life. The changes babies and toddlers go through as they grow are made up of different skills like walking and talking. These skills, or developmental milestones, usually happen by certain ages. Parents and family members help their children learn these skills through playing with them and through daily activities. Because parents spend so much time with their children, they often are the first to identify a concern about development.
If there are concerns or questions about how a child is growing or learning, consult with the child's doctor or call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115 for more information or for referral to an ECI program in your area. ECI professionals are experts in child development. ECI supports families and helps them meet their children's needs. The earlier children with developmental delays or special needs receive help, the better