This section gives parents of children with disabilities a chart of the milestones for normal childhood development. Population: Infants and children with disabilities, birth to 5 years.
Do you know all the ways you should measure your child?s growth? We naturally think of height and weight, but from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem. The good news is, the earlier it?s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his/her full potential.
Children develop at their own pace, so it?s impossible to tell exactly when a specific child will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones below will give a general idea of the changes that can be expected as a normal child gets older.
Begins to develop a social smile
Enjoys social play
Enjoys imitating people in play
Goes upstairs and downstairs without support
Swings, climbs, hops, somersaults
Broadly speaking, early intervention services are special services for eligible infants and toddlers and their families. These services are designed to identify and meet children?s needs in five developmental areas, which are:
Early intervention services are an effective way to address the needs of infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities. The services are made available through a federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA provides states with specific requirements for providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs. In turn, each state develops its own policies for carrying out IDEA and its requirements. Under IDEA, a complete evaluation of the child is necessary to decide whether he or she is eligible for early intervention services.
If your child has special needs