Early intervention is the process of anticipating, identifying and responding to concerns about a child’s development to minimize potential adverse effects and maximize healthy development. While all infants and toddlers learn at their own pace, some may need extra help to develop certain skills.
Early intervention services may begin at anytime between birth and age three; however, when early intervention is needed, the earlier it is provided, the better outcome for the child and family. Early intervention services for children ages 0-3 in Utah are provided by Baby Watch Early Intervention Program, under the Utah Department of Health. Baby Watch provides services in compliance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through a network of local provider organizations. Baby Watch provides early identification and developmental services for families of infants and toddlers. Some of the services they offer include:
- A full assessment of a child’s current health and developmental status.
- Service coordination among providers, programs and agencies.
- Strategies to build on family concerns, priorities and resources.
- Developmental services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language therapy.