Improving Early Intervention : The Future Of Our Children Through Policy Change

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Improving Early Intervention: Brightening the future of our children through policy change It is no question that children with developmental delays or disabilities require extra attention to ensure that they are successful and independent adults in the future. Early intervention is a measure that is taken worldwide to achieve these goals and is based on the concept that cerebral plasticity is at its prime in the earlier stages of life [1]. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) in the United States was first created under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1986. In New York State specifically, EIP has been in effect since 1993 [2]. The program offers a wide range of services for both the child and his/her family from family education and counseling to speech pathology and audiology. EIP uses early-intensive educational therapies which have shown to improve long-term outcomes for children with developmental delays, as well as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), asperger’s, ADHD, or other behavioral or physical disabilities. A young child eligible to receive early intervention services will benefit from educational, instructional, transitional and related services, offered by trained and licensed therapists. Additional services to ensure successful results include the involvement of family, school, and physicians to augment the child’s development. In order to be eligible for EIP, the child must be under the age of three and have a
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