Examples of early intervention services include health, educational and therapeutic services. A service can be as simple as prescribing glasses for a two-year-old or as complex as developing a complete physical therapy program for an infant with cerebral palsy. The goal is always to help the child achieve the highest possible functioning and interaction at home and in the community. An early intervention program can also provide support and guidance to your family.
Early identification of speech, language and communication delay is extremely important as the chance of improving these skills is increased. If these delays are not identified the delay will continue and the child may suffer from lack of confidence and will more than likely experience emotional problems. Other aspects of development will also be affected, e.g. cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural.