Saturday, December 12, 2009

Early Intervention

When kids have special needs early intervention really can

make a big difference.

In the past children who were born deaf in hearing families

often didn't get the opportunity to learn any language until their

brains were past the readiness age for doing that. As a

result they had limited communication skills.

Learning disabilities and other neurological problems

were often not diagnosed until kids were around seven years

old. If they'd been able to get the help they needed earlier they

would have been able to learn a lot more.

I remember a little boy in my preschool class whose behavior was unusual. Among other things, any time there

was a lot of noise he'd run wildly around the room. I

suggested to his parents that they get him tested, which the local school district did for free.

He was found to have auditory processing disorder and the

school district provided the training he needed. As a result

he was able to function normally by the time he entered Kindergarten.

On the other hand, a little girl in my preschool was

advanced in some areas but had a lot of difficulty in others.

I suggested to her parents that they have her tested,

but they refused, insisting she didn't have a problem. She

later turned out to have a learning disability and was placed

in a Special Education class.

If only she had started getting the help she needed at an

earlier age perhaps she would have been able to attend

regular classes with only a few hours of tutoring by a

Special Ed teacher each week.

Any time there's even a slight chance that children

might have a problem it can't hurt, and might help a lot,

to have them tested as early as possible.

No comments:

Post a Comment