Every Child Deserves A Meaningful Education

Are early intervention services down?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Special Education Law |

In California, the programs in Early Start can provide key support for young children with disabilities. This can be critical to help your child develop and grow. However, recent studies find that the children who need early intervention services may not be receiving them.

Report: Many kids not receiving early intervention services

The global pandemic continues to significantly affect education – and students. According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the number of children obtaining early intervention services decreased by 15% in 2020. In other words, the report indicates that 63,000 fewer children obtained these services.

This is a nationwide issue potentially leaving children without the accommodations and services they might need to succeed in school.

Look for signs early to act early

Becoming a parent involves a long list of new stressors and worries. You have a child who relies on you for everything, and at the same time, you also want to make sure they reach the developmental milestones. It is important to be aware of and watch for particular issues, such as:

  • Not responding or looking at you
  • Physical pain or stiffness
  • No babbling or sounds

If you notice your child does not meet these milestones, it may be critical to speak with a doctor about your worries and possibly obtain an evaluation. This is an important step to qualify for early intervention services in California. The earlier you recognize these signs, the earlier you can begin the process of seeking services.

Be prepared for challenges

As we have discussed in a previous blog post, seeking early intervention services in California can often be complex. You simply want to obtain support for your child, but the process can be overwhelming.

While you should prepare yourself to handle these challenges and understand your rights, it is also important to know that you do not have to embark on this journey alone. It can be beneficial to seek guidance from a legal professional as you navigate this process.