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Early Intervention: Help for Babies and Toddlers

Many children with special needs get services and therapies they need through the school system, but if your child is younger than school-age, you can still find assistance. The articles below will help you find and understand the "early intervention" services your child may be eligible for.
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What Is Early Intervention?
Read a definition of "early intervention," and learn how your child can connect with those services in your state.

Five Bad Reasons to Avoid Early Intervention
Afraid of labels, therapy, your mother-in-law's disapproval? Those are bad reasons to deny your child the advantage that early intervention services for special needs can bring. Here are five reasons that may be stopping you, and why they're not worth the worry.

Transition: Early Intervention to Special-Education Pre-K
Children in special education go through a variety of important transitions, each one needing parents to be informed and pro-active. Learn more about the first transition your child will make, at age three, from early-intervention services to pre-kindergarten.

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Challenged Child
The best preschool or daycare in town may not be the right one for a child with special needs. Learn about the options and consider which environment will be best for your child's growth and development.

Individualized Family Services Plan
Learn more about the Individualized Family Services Plan your child will receive when starting early-intervention services.

Child Care, Toileting, and Other Early Childhood Issues
In addition to worrying about your child's diagnosis, you may be wondering how on earth you'll find a babysitter, choose a daycare, toilet-train your child, or handle those other hurdles and milestones of early childhood. Here's some help.

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