Not Enough Kids Getting Referred for Early Intervention

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Not Enough Kids Getting Referred for Early Intervention
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Wed, 05-23-2012 - 4:26pm

About one out of every three infants who scores well below average on a test of developmental skills -- and is therefore considered at a high risk of having delays -- does not get referred to early intervention services, according to a new study.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47524316/ns/health-childrens_health/

I find this article really sad, and hope that these numbers show some drastic changes.  Parents need to know how important early intervention can be to their future development, and advocate for their kids when necessary. 

Why do you think kids are not getting referred?  Did you have a problem getting early intervention? 

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Re: Not Enough Kids Getting Referred for Early Intervention
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 12:37pm

I have a question on this topic. My daughter who is now 6 received EI services when she was an infant due to some gross motor delays. Then she was discharged from services because she was making satisfactory progress. But she never really caught up 100% and I kind of put it on the back burner because I thought some of it was from her being a little heavier and she just couldn't physically do some things the other kids could- like jump and because she's had such alot of health issues, it just wasn't my biggest priority. So now fast forward to she's 6 and in kindergarten and can barely walk up and down the stairs, tires from walking very easily and is very bow legged. We saw the orthopedic doctor last week but based on x-ray she didn't see anything bone wise. She said my dd has extremely weak muscles in her hips. Her pediatrician said we should try to get a PT/OT screening through the school dept. Is thave even feasible? Two years ago, I'd know they'd have to screen her. Now that she's 6, I'm not sure. To further complicate it she's at a Catholic school and I don't know if the public school is going to want to do much and vice versa. Thanks.

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Registered: 03-19-2003

Thanks Karen

Yeah I feel like I dropped the ball there but we have been so focused on her "health issues" and really thought her issues would work themselves out once we got her feeling better and if she grew a little taller and slimmed down. We now know she's not getting any taller not this last year anyway. 

I've been told the public school dept has to do the screening for the kids no matter what school they are in, so im hoping that's true. I doubt insurance will help with any of this and our medical expenses are out of this world already. 

Take care!