Prior to the 1930s, support for children with severe disabilities was integrated with the regular preschool programs.
The Abecedarian Study demonstrated that the quality of early child care had little impact on the outcomes for children with disabilities.
Part C of IDEA 2004 includes children from birth to age 2 with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
Part B of IDEA provides funds for children with disabilities between the ages of 0 to 5 years.
Although early learning is important, the brain remains equally “plastic” throughout our lives.
Early childhood intervention is designed to promote optimal development for young children with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
During their early years, children with disabilities develop much the same as children without disabilities.
In general, speech and communication problems can be remediated or markedly improved through early intervention.
Without extra help in the form of therapies or educational stimulation, the child with disabilities may develop very slowly, reaching a much lower level of functioning than possible.
Family-centered early intervention. is centered on a belief that children develop through a series of interactions with family, caregivers, and their environment, It works to ensure that the parents or caregivers are able to meet the child’s needs in “natural environments”. It acknowledges that stress can compromise a child’s development and needs to be addressed.