According to research, developmental and social-emotional delays can be subtle and can occur in children who appear to be developing typically. Most children who would benefit from early intervention are not identified until after they start school.
Screening young children is an effective, efficient way for professionals to catch problems and start treatment when it does the most good—during the crucial early years when the child’s brain and body are rapidly developing. The high level of adaptability a child’s brain has during these first three years of life makes early assessment and identification of developmental delays and treatment essential for the long-term benefits of the child (Campbell & Ramey, 1995; Sices, 2007).Creating a system whereby all children are routinely screened using the online Ages and Stages Questionnaire, general development and social emotional development will allow professionals to identify potential delays sooner. Through routine developmental screenings and early intervention’s Oakland County families have the ability to understand, document and maintain their child’s developmental history. By doing this will ensure children are thriving, healthy and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
Research also suggests that home visiting programs lead to stronger relationships between parents and children; furthermore, participants in these programs demonstrate stronger development of early language and literacy skills. Moreover, research indicates families involved in home visiting programs were less likely to participate in welfare and more likely to see increases in positive long term developmental outcomes.