Meeting up with Emily was probably one of the most informative live videos I’ve done. I really love learning any information on child development and could honestly spend quite some time immersed in several books on the subject.
That being said, I will try my best not to bore you.
First I’ll start off with important links:
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for families with children birth up to age 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or certain medical diagnoses(link is external)that may impact development. ECI services support families as they learn how to help their children grow and learn.
The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) can give children much-needed early help to get ready for kindergarten and the years beyond.
The CDC has a great checklist for milestones as well as who to talk to if you feel your child might be struggling.
I had nagging doubts in my mind since my boy was 18 months, but I was always able to explain away his quirks and fewer-than-normal words. But finally, when he was nearly 4, we were forced to face facts when the preschool sat us down for a meeting. As a result, our first step was to start him in speech and occupational therapy, followed by enrollment in AISD’s PPCD program the following year. Because of those interventions, he has made enormous progress. And best of all, I have my sweet boy back. Once he was able to use words to express his wants and feelings, his tantrums became fewer and more manageable. My only regret is that I didn’t listen to my instinct and get him assessed by a professional sooner. Stephanie Spitzer Hanks – Rev Doula
Language Books to consider owning: