Has anyone tried early intervention yet, if so has it helped your child with their developmental process?

Barbara - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My child is qualify to recieve early intervention because he was born premature...

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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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User - posted on 03/08/2011

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Yes!!! Get as much early intervention you can!! It is so important to start early. My son was born at 24 weeks and has had therapy since he was a few months old. The earlier you get the help, the better off your child will be.

Misty - posted on 03/07/2011

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my daughter was a 24wkr, turned 2 in October. she has been receiving services since she was 7m old, take advantage. We've met some wonderful people that give us suggestions we would never think of!

Shonda - posted on 03/03/2011

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Yes, I have 2 now in early intervention, we go to speech, Occupational therapy as well as a special education program just for my 3 yr old, thats not with my daughter who is 8 months that we don't have any kind of diagnosis for. Yes my son IS benifiting from it. Its making a BIG difference for him. He is fine tuning his motor skills & social emotional issues that he has.

Lindsay - posted on 08/17/2009

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Thanks to early intervention my daughter recieved therapies she needed and has now be accepted into a program that will include those services in toddler classes and preschool.

Lindsey - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter was born at 23 weeks and around 18 months notices that her speech was delayed and her development was delayed.  We qualified for early intervention and put her in private therapy that have delt with preemies.  It was the best thing that we ever did.  She is now six years old and you would never know that she was a preemie.  The services helped out alot.

Melissa - posted on 03/08/2009

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It is a great service my son started when he was about 8 months he had physical thereapy and speech , the speech also helped him to learn to sawllow he had a terrible time swallowing solid foods and drinkign from a sippy due to low musle tone in his facial mucsles, it was great to because they came to the house. He was released from the PT part but continued speech and it continued thru his preschool once he got to kindergarten he was switched to the school speech program . Id deffinately take advantage of it . Its uaully a free service for everyone at least thats what we were told.

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Wow, our preemies were 27 weeks & we have been doing EI since the NICU and I am so encouraged by all of the posts. It just goes to show you... it is so important and really makes a difference! I'd recommend it as well, I can already see the the difference it makes. It also gives me peace of mind as a parent, that my play/therapy with them is HELPING them. I say to anyone who can get EI, take it, get all the help possible, but also recognize as a parent if it's not helping and don't be afraid to request a different therapist. Thanks again for the encouraging words of hope and healing!

Tracey - posted on 03/06/2009

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My daughter was a 31 weeker and I requested early intervention. She received PT for one year and services for two. She now is a role model at her early intervention school.

Darlene - posted on 03/01/2009

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my son recieves E.I. and I think it is doing wonders for him. He has global developemental delays, he was born at 23 weeks and 3 days and only weighing 1 pound and 3 ounces. Since September, he has gained more head control and his positioning is getting a little better, but they are helping me to get him an adaptive chair as well. he also has speech therapy to try to help him to eat by mouth, right now he is eating by G-Tube. So far, we are making progress, so I think with the help of E.I. yes every child can do good. As long as the E.I. teachers you have are very invovled. thank you.

Teri - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have two sons through early intervention and it had helped both tremendously...My oldest son was slow to walk at 16 mos. and had developmental delays and now he is constantly talking and has help with OT, Speech pathologist, and adaptive P.E. instructor.  My middle child has a speech delay and he will be 2 this coming Friday.  He has a teacher come over to our house twice a week as well as a language stem class every Thursday.  He now has a larger vocabulary and can say a lot more words...yes, early intervention is a good thing!

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2009

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I am a physical therapist for early intervention and I have a preemie (born at 33 weeks). In California, a child born at 32 weeks or less should qualify for services (paid in full) under the age of 3. They must have at least 25% delay in more than one area or 33% delay in one area. Usually if they are born over 32 weeks they do not qualify if they are appearing at their adjusted age before the age of 2. If there were complications or they were high risk, they should receive services if they show delay even at adjusted age. I hope this helps. It is very individualized and this is only a general synopsis.

Jenny - posted on 02/21/2009

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There is only an upside to interventions - I found the therapists the best support in deadlin with our child's special needs.  Only regret I didn't start therapy earlier!

Eileen - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter was born at 32 weeks and will be 5 years old in April (!) I wish I had started her in Early Intervention when she was a toddler. I waited until she was more than 2 yrs old to seek the services b/c I was convinced she would grow out of her issues. Turns out she has Sensory Processing DIsorder -- a very common thing for preemies. Has trouble synthesizing all the senses that bombard her -- no surprise when you think about all the sounds/ lights/ prodding they get in the NICU . . . Anyway, she has responded very well to Occupational Therapy but because she was over 2 we had to fight pretty hard to get her to "qualify" for services (i think a lot of parents wait until their kids are a bit older so it is easier to qualify for services when they are younger) We have kept her in an OT program for about a year now on our own expense. Talk to the EI folks about Sensory issues -- it is not something you will hear from your pediatrician but is very familiar to the OTs out there

Marin - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter was a 27 weeker, and we started receiving EI less than a month after her release from the hospital.  This really helped to keep her on track and growing in the right direction.  She didn't show any significant delays, but her teacher came once a month to 'play' with her, teaching her and me new things to do to help her practice certain skills.  She 'graduated' from EI when she turned three.  I think she is behind on her 'reading'.  She doesn't know any of her letters yet, nor how to spell her name.  My oldest was recognizing and pointing out letters everywhere we were by the age of 18 months.  I don't know if that just means that I am putting Leonie on a higher standard or if she is just a little behind.  I have to wait another year before she can get into preschool.  I think she needs to go sooner!

Katie - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter was born at 25 weeks weighing 1lb 12.5oz.  Because of this she automatically qualified for E. I.  She has been recieving it since her release from the NICU.  I do think it is helpful.  She is not delayed according to her adjusted age, though I can't say wether or not it is due to E. I.

Mandie - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son was a 29weeker, 3.6lbs 61days in NICU. We had a HORRIBLE experience with EI, they never showed up to appointments, they took months to come out & start regular PT, they where a disgrace. When they did show up they did not do very much with him.



I read a lot & became my child's advocate, I did regular PT exercises with him, i kept up with his pedi. He is now 21 months, 33lbs, and has zero delays. I don't think any of that is attributed to the EI services we received

Heather - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son was born at 26wks & I had him in EI & I would recommend you take advantage of this service. My son is so smart now & let me tell you....he had met ALL of his kidergarten requirements before christmas & can read very well now. So many people dont believe me when I tell them that he was a preemie & ONLY weighed 2lbs 8oz when he was born!!! Early Intervention can be a great tool in your childs development.

Janey - posted on 02/11/2009

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I would definitely take advantage of it. Our son was born at 31 weeks. He receives help from a physical therapist ever 2 weeks, and it is making a huge difference. He was really favoring his left side, and he is slowly starting to turn his head to the right just as much. Plus, they have taught me great ways to get him to stay on him tummy longer! Don't feel bad using the services. Your child will benefit from them, and that is why they are there. Best of luck to you all.

Veronica - posted on 02/09/2009

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MY SON WAS BORN AT 27 WEEKS 1 LB 12 OZ  13 INCHES AND HE IS DOING GREAT, THE ONLY THING HE IS NOW 5 YEARS OLD AND HIS HIGH IS ONLY 41 INCHES, BUT I THINK THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM HELP HIM A LOT. SO I WILL SUGESTED TO DO IT. MY SON SPEAKS SPANISH AND ENGLISH WITH NO PROBLEM.

Sara - posted on 02/09/2009

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My daughter was born at 32wks. and only weighed 3lbs. She is almost 2 now and Early Intervention has been extremely helpful. We get wonderful suggestions to enhance her fine motor skills, help her gain weight and increase her articulation in speech. If early intervention is offered than take advantage of it. I hope this has helped you.

Elora - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Joan:



My son was born at 26 weeks, weighing in at 2lbs/1oz.  He started EI when he was 1yr old ~ speech, occupational & physical therapies.  When he started Kindergarten he was "caught up" and did not require any further special services, nor has he needed them.  Wonderful, wonderful, program that all should take advantage of if it is needed.





Thank you this was very helpful and encouraging. 

Jacinta - posted on 02/09/2009

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my little girl was born at 36 weeks do you think i should worry she is only four months old

Jeannine - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son was born at 26 1/2 weeks, he was 1lb 14 oz. He's been in early intervention since March 2007, and it has helped a great deal. Within one month of therapy, my son made huge improvements in the ares that we were concerned about. I would recommend EI to any mother who is concerned about their childs development.

Barbara - posted on 02/07/2009

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Please ask your pediatrician about early intervention or just even if you want EI to come and do an assessment to see if there is anything you should be concerned about. Early intervention has been a blessing to my family. My son is 31 mos now because he was born at 2 lb he is still a little bit under weight for his age so he attends a nutrition group through EI.

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2009

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adding to what I just said nobody told us about EI when he was born. I wish they would have.

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2009

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yes I would definetely ask about getting your child into EI for sure because was early which alot of times their are delays, not always meaning bad delays or something wrong with them but usually when born early they do have delays. I have a son that is 17 a junior in high school which was born at 34 weeks like my daughter was also born at 34 weeks that has down syndrom. he is immiture and is behind in his school. so whatever help you can get please use it. EI should be listed in phonebook but also ask your school system.

Mika - posted on 02/07/2009

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I have never heard of intervention. My son was born at 35 weeks. Should I ask about it. How do I know if he needs it?

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2009

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yes, my daughter was born with down syndrom and has gotten early intervention it has helped her tremendously she is 3 years old now and goes to IU8 preschool she loves it and that has helped alot too. I recommend it to anyone.

Susan - posted on 02/07/2009

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We used ECI (early childhod intervention) with two of three premmies. It's a great program for help and Mom's peace of mind.

Neethu - posted on 02/03/2009

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hi Barbara, Our son is going thru EI and Sppech therapy . This is the best that ever happened to us . He was born Premature and was pffered this help from regional center.



When he turned one ,,, I put him onto supplements . I saw an amazing improvement in his growth , apart from his nurtional intake.



His Immuntiy , Speech , Imaginative power ....all are improving.



Giving your child the rite supplements also really do help

Gwen - posted on 01/25/2009

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my bundle of joy was 29 week... she had an occupational and massage theraptist.. she also recieved early interrvention she is now 2 1/2 and the only thing delayed is the potty training. when i tell people that she was a premee they are shock because she is developing well... it wont hurt to use whatever is avail...

Keli - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son was born at 34 weeks and although in Australia there is no automatic intervention programs they are there if you want. I had to get help with his ability to sit up by himself and within a few weeks he had it down pact. He has also got something called calcaneovalgus which is basically where the muscles in his legs develop the wrong way and I had to ask my family planning nurse for a referal to see a physio. It effected his ability to learn to walk but to look at him now you wouldn't know. He walks on the insides of his ankles so he wears orthotics in his shoes.



I'd also recommend E.I. if it's not offered ASK!

Renee - posted on 01/14/2009

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My twins were 2.7 and 3.2lbs when they were born. They have received EI for OT and PT since the NICU. I highly recommend it. My philosophy is to take all the services offered because it can't hurt. In addition to helping them with developmental milestones, it's a great sounding board when I see other children of the same adjusted age doing something my boys won't do yet. I can ask them and they will tell me if there is something to be concerned with or if I just need to give it time. It is a wonderful resource in many ways.

Cathy - posted on 01/13/2009

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Early intervention is a must. My daughter was born at 25 weeks (1lb 9oz). She had PT and OT right away when she came home. She is now 6 years old and in kindergarten. She still receives PT, OT, speech and vision therapies thru school.

Joan - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son was born at 26 weeks, weighing in at 2lbs/1oz.  He started EI when he was 1yr old ~ speech, occupational & physical therapies.  When he started Kindergarten he was "caught up" and did not require any further special services, nor has he needed them.  Wonderful, wonderful, program that all should take advantage of if it is needed.

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Brady was born at 33 weeks and he started in early intervention in June 2006 (he was 5 months old) for Occupational Therapy because I noticed that he was not opening his hands and was keeping them in fists. He had OT until May of last year when he scored out of it because he was doing well. He then started Physical Therapy because they noticed that his trunk stability wasn't the greatest. He has been in PT for about 6-7 months and he is making progress here too. He could not jump when his PT started working with him and now he is jumping on the floor and off of things. We are very happy with his progress.



We just had a meeting for him to see if he qualified for prgoram based preschool since he just turned 3 this month, and although he does not qualify for their preschool (because he scored high on the Psychological testing) but they are continuing Physical Therapy, adding Occupational Therapy (again), and also increasing his Vision Therapy (he has vision problems), until August of this year. These services have helped him greatly and I am glad that he gets to continue.

Holly - posted on 01/13/2009

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My little guy also qualified for early intervention, but he qualified because of a speech delay. Turns out he has verbal apraxia and the early intervention allowed us to fast track him into speech therapy. EI is an amazing tool, use it to your child's benefit! Good luck.

Melanie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes my son Ian has it every week and it has made a tremendous effect on his development!!! I can say there are weeks when it may feel like a waste of time and energy but in the long run it has made a huge impact on his development!!

Maria - posted on 01/12/2009

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Please take all the services provided.It will be the best thing you will do for your child.

Trisan - posted on 01/12/2009

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Also, early intervention does not mean your child will be tracked as Special Ed.  That was one of my fears. 

Trisan - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son was born at 27 weeks due to premature rupture.  He had a host of issues but no surgeries.  If you do qualify for services, I recommend you take advantage of the developmental doctor and any services offered. We still are in PT for a clubfoot. The developmental doctors will advise you who to see and I found that I was so scared of every little thing going wrong that I really needed some guidance.

Barbara - posted on 01/08/2009

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That is wonderful! God bless your son. I recommend early intervention to moms with any concerns in regards to their childs development gross, fine motor, weight concerns, social interactions, speech, behavioral concerns etc.... Early Intervention won't hurt. I know some families struggles with denial or feels shameful that people will judge or whisper. But in the long run we have to do what is best for our children not what is best to please other people, because our children deserves a promising future.  

Donna - posted on 01/08/2009

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Early Intervention is probably the best thing you could do for your child. My son was born at 25 weeks, 1lb. 8 oz.  He couldn't walk because of muscle issues, at 6 months old he was still being bottle fed only every four hours and he was even tested for Cerebral Palsy. At 6 months he scored newborn on the various tests. We had early intervention. They gave us a physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and a teacher to work with Jake. We were with early intervention for three long long years but we did everything they said. My son is 16 today, he is completely healthy, he has no physical or developmental issues at all because they were dealt with early. He is an A, B student in advanced classes and is going for his drivers license in 1 month. I never thought back then he would be who he is today and I truly believe that Early Intervention is the reason he is.

Sinikka - posted on 01/07/2009

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my son got the regular check upson his development and he was slow in speech so we got him into a program through the resource center here and it did great for him and he loved it! I Wwould accept any help you can get because it definately wont hurt your child and usually those programs are really great!

Barbara - posted on 01/07/2009

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My child was qualify for E.I because of him being a premie. He has been recieving EI services since he was born just for prevention and pre-caution. E.I is a great support for my family and I. Right now my son is 30 months he still attend early interventin, he attends a nutrition group to help us with his weight gain. My son was born 2 lb and right now he is 26 Ib.  

Robyn - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son was born at 31 weeks. His only delay is speech and I had to ask for early intervention, it was not offered to me and I do have to partially par for it as well. Personally I think it is helping and there is nothing I would not do for him. If early intervention is offered, take advantage, it can only help.

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