Helping children reach their full potential
What is Early Intervention Day?
Launched on July 29, 2021, Early Intervention Day educates local communities and raises public awareness of early intervention services for children. It’s celebrated on the last Friday of July every year. According to the CDC, acting early on developmental concerns can make a big difference in the lives of families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. As an early intervention service provider, The Warren Center is proud to have pioneered this celebration in the state of Texas.
What are Early Intervention Services?
Early Intervention (EI) describes services and support that help babies and young children with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. EI helps children improve their abilities and learn new skills. The connections in a child’s brain are most adaptable in the first five years of life. These connections, also called neural circuits, are the foundation for learning, behavior, and health. Over time, these connections become harder to change.
Services can include, but not limited, to speech therapy, feeding therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and specialized skills training. Sessions are tailored to the needs of the child and family. A key component of all services is caregiver training and coaching. Caregivers are the first line of defense in helping children have a strong start. Early Intervention ensures families have the support and resources needed to help their child.
What are the benefits of Early Intervention?
According to research compiled by RAND, a leading research corporation, here are the key benefits of early intervention services
- Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, reduction in delinquency and criminality, and improved labor market success, among other domains.
- Interventions with better-trained caregivers and smaller child-to-staff ratios appear to offer more favorable results.
- Well-designed early childhood interventions have been found to generate a return to society ranging from $1.80 to $17.07 for each dollar spent on the program.
In celebration of Early Intervention Day, The Warren Center is pleased to have presented two years of our annual Strong Start Virtual Summit! Both summits took a focused look at common challenges faced by parents of children with special needs and gave practical steps to overcoming them. Industry experts took a deep dive into a number of topics including brain development, enhancing language and motor skills, dealing with challenging behaviors, and successful potty training.
During 2021, our keynote speaker was Fanbyte Head of Media, John Warren. Born with extremely low muscle tone, a neonatal specialist told John’s parents there was little hope for his survival. But survive he did! John shared how the commitment to a strong start changed the trajectory of his life. Our keynote speaker in 2022 was Mark Haynie. He shared his story about growing up with a disability. His story gave parents goosebumps!
Watch the sessions on our YouTube Playlist and share with friends, family and colleagues!