Parents of a child that has been newly diagnosed often find themselves in some degree of denial about the diagnosis. Even if they accept the diagnosis, it often takes some time for them to come to terms with the life-changing implications. They suddenly face a whole new set of challenges that can be daunting.
For a young child with a new diagnosis, early intervention is crucial to achieving the maximum independence for that child.
IDEA states that school districts are to actively search for, identify, and evaluate children and screen for disabilities. And once identified, access to appropriate services is critical.
For example, numerous studies show that children diagnosed with autism benefit tremendously from early interventions, allowing for increased language and communication, better cognitive skills, and positive social behaviors. As a parent in this life stage, it is critical to understand that early interventions such as various therapies as well as educating yourself on communication and behavioral strategies can make an immeasurable difference in the life of your child.
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