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Yes, yes, yes. I had 2 preemies, now 5 and 10. Both had PT, and speech. The younger also had OT. Had I known then what I know now I would have pushed hard for OT for the older one. He ended up having problems with writing due to weak hands. OT would have helped if not prevented that. The kids recieve therapy and a good therapist will teach you how to help your child. The sooner they start the better. Both of mine had therapy in the hospital and my daughter was evaluated very soon after discharge, within a week or 2.

Denise - posted on 12/23/2009

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Yes, I strongly believe it helps. I started to notice my son was slowing behind his twin sister, more than just the gender difference. He was placed in the early intervention program and it helped his speech and development drastically. I would strongly suggest checking this out if you have any doubts!

Karla - posted on 12/23/2009

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it is a wonderful program!!! if possible take any family/ friends that will be helping with the care of your baby. that way they can learn what need to be done. you will have to be consistent on the different types of therapies that will need to be done to your baby. take a video camera and a note pad so that you will know exactly what to do once your home. once at home use a chart to cross of any of the pt you have done thru out the day. thats what i did and it helped me out alot. keep us posted

Gina - posted on 12/15/2009

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They are just there to help see what the baby will need and what kind of therapy they will need to help in the long run. They're helping with my daughter real well.

Tina - posted on 12/01/2009

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yes!!!!!!!!!

all 3 of my children were preemies.( now 8, 5 and 3).. I only needed program for my youngest for speech.

They helped get him the groups he needed and worked with him through age 3. I am still friends with his 2 primary therapists!
I cannot say enough great things about this program!

Anne - posted on 11/26/2009

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yes, yes, yes! my son has sensory issues and sees an ot, st, and a dvt. they are all wonderful and he has made amazing progress in the 3 short months we've been working with them. he will be 3 in may and will be switching to the dart program and i will miss them incredibly, as will landon. i can't thank these wonderful people enough for the help they've brought into my sons life and how they've helped us makes 'sense' out of his sensory disorder.

Antonia - posted on 11/25/2009

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my twins were born at 30wks gestation and they bothe weighed below 3lbs but they do not have that program here but so far i have not noticed any thing abnormal in their development to me they are both developing on track and are doing what they are supposed to be doing for their age right now but i wish it has some kind o program for prem kids in my country...............( Trinidad and Tobago) if u are wondering.

Kylie - posted on 11/25/2009

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We don't have anything like this in the UK. Joseph was born at 27 weeks and weighed 1lb 7oz. He's never seen any type of therapist!

Kristi - posted on 11/24/2009

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My son was born 3 months early and is now 7 months. He qualified for EI services solely based on his birth weight of being under 3 lbs. He started with EI shortly after being discharged from the hospital around 3 months. I love the program! His teachers come to our house every 2 weeks (because that is what we agreed upon). They do different activities with him every week and leave activity ideas for us to work with him during the week. They even leave toys which is great. They correct my sons age to 4 months but he is actually doing what a full term 7 months old should do. I really think it has a lot to do with EI. They know exactly what skills babies should be working on at what age. I love Michaels teacher and I would highly recommend an EI program. If nothing else it assures us that he is right on track to where he should be

Laura - posted on 11/24/2009

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Other than a little extra help sometimes Gabers is very normal. She might do physical things a little bit behind some of the kids..but every year she catches up a little more. She is bound and determined to do things for herself now to show me how grown up she is.

Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2009

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Thats good to know . I look forward to the positives outcomes from this program . All i want is for my son to have a normal life as possible

Lindsay - posted on 11/24/2009

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My daughter has been in our early intervention program since she was discharged from the NICU (almost 20 mos ago). It has helped her get OT, PT, speech therapy, a dietitian, and she in now enrolled in a toddler program thanks to it. Definitely worth it.

Laura - posted on 11/24/2009

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yes. It got my daughter rolling over and creeping when she wasn't even interested in it before. Now that she is much older...8, we continue with occupational therapy in school. I cannot imagine how delayed her fine motor skills would have been otherwise. I started her in dance early too as it helps with the crossing of the midline and with coordination.

Lindsay - posted on 11/23/2009

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Yes, it does help. A LOT! Both me and my daughter have bonded so much with her EI Nurse. She's amazing. She has been coming out to our house since my daughter was 9 months and has helped us so much. My daughter Emmy is 21 months now and I have learned so much from her, she has shown me so many things about development and also had a physical therapist come out to the house when we noticed my daughters ankles were turned in (she has no arch). They offer many different services. My daughter looks forward to her coming out each week and so do I. I love learning new educational things that I can do with my daughter. I could go on and on but I won't LOL. But find someone that works for you because when my daughter was first born I had someone else coming in and they were terrible. Then I switched companies and found her current EI nurse and she is great! Good Luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2009

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The NICU refer my son Cameron for the early intervention program. He also had some session while in the nicu . He is having some issues with muscle tone so they recommended that he have physical therapy.

Sarah - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting Jennifer :

Early Intervention

Does the early intervention program helps?



Drastically yes. This team will help you find much needed therapies, send nurses to check on your child, help you get in touch with social security and childrens medical services, they are key. I did not get assigned early intervention for my daughter until she was eight months old and had many missed mile stones. I cant help but wonder how much further ahead Aneesa would be now if they had assigned early intervention from day one.... My daughters last diagnosis was mild to moderate mental retardation so maybe she wouldn't be that much further, but there is always that question.

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