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What Is Early Intervention?

Research into pediatric therapy has shown that early diagnosis and interventions for autism are more likely to have major long-term, positive effects on your child’s symptoms and later skills. Early intervention therapy is how we can get a jump on these developmental delays to help your child in the long run.

As soon as you notice that your child is not meeting developmental milestones, you should contact our pediatric therapists to seek help and further education to support your child’s development. If you wait in the hopes that your child will catch up on their own, it is likely that the gap between their development and “normal” developmental milestones for their age will only get bigger.

Is There A Recommended Age Range for Early Intervention Therapy?

At Handprints Therapies, we target our Early Intervention therapy programs at children between the ages of 1-4 years old. Research has shown that this age range is when the neuroplasticity of the brain is most receptive to teaching, specifically within the areas of cognition, adaptive behavior, and language.

Children under the age of 3 who are experiencing developmental delays are the most likely to be candidates for our Early Intervention program. According to the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, children under this age who receive early intervention therapy are given the best chance of developing to their full potential by giving them the best start possible.

Early Intervention programs don’t just help your child meet their developmental milestones on time, but will contribute positively toward future development and make a significant impact on their lifelong trajectory.

Can I Enroll My Child In Early Intervention If They Are Over 4 Years Old?

If your child is over our recommended age limit of 4 years old or will be enrolling in school within the next year, the approach our team at Handprints will take toward their therapy will evolve. Instead of recommending our Early Intervention programs, your child will graduate into the School Readiness program.

The School Readiness program prioritizes foundational skills that are necessary to be successful in a classroom setting. Learn more about school readiness therapy programs at Handprints.

How Many Hours Are Required?

Early Intervention programs are usually paired with intensive treatment hours, ranging from 20-40 hours per week depending on your child’s needs.

Pursuing an intensive therapy schedule means that the core deficits your child is exhibiting will be specifically targeted more often throughout the day. It also means that problem behaviors that may impede their learning can be regularly reduced or replaced.

Longer treatment hours allow for more teaching opportunities. Just like how each individual therapy program is tailored to your child, the number of recommended hours will change as well.

Interested in enrolling your child in Early Intervention programs? Contact our therapists!