In 1986, the Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program was created to enhance the development of toddlers and infants with disabilities. The idea is to minimize the potential delay of healthy development in children. It was also an incentive to reduce the financial impact on our educational system; by minimizing the need for exceptional educators and programs in the school. Nowadays, a child with a disability that receives an appropriate early intervention system is likely to lead a more healthy and productive life, as opposed to the contrary.
The program is aimed at children who have a heightened risk of delay in development attributed to medical and biological factors or care-giving and environmental conditions. The program is aware that families play a primary role in optimizing their children’s developmental progress. Children and adults alike have the right to obtain services in their residence or in a community place that provides services.
Years of meticulous research indicate that a youngster’s earliest experience in life will have a primary role in brain development. It is during the first three years of a toddler’s life that provides the most beneficial window to create a solid foundation of health, behavior and learning. If, a child progresses through life without assistance in development, it becomes more difficult to change for the better.
While the program reinforces a solid foundation of a healthy, productive life, the adults in a toddler’s life are equally vital. Parent’s and adults need to be responsive, safe, and supportive of their child’s welfare and nutrition. Key nutrients at an early age are an essential element that will help a toddler’s brain healthily develop.
These findings are giving emphasis to the significance of an intervening in a toddler’s earliest years. It is crucial to provide positive life experiences from the beginning to the end. This ensure that a child will have the necessary prerequisites for success in school, community, and the workplace.
It is not uncommon for the family of an exceptional young child to feel helpless, frustrated, stressed, socially isolated, and disappointment. These compounded factors in the presence of a child can reflect on the child’s healthy progressiveness. Far too often, a child with a handicap watches his parent’s divorce or experience depression. Some studies indicate that a handicapped person is more likely to experience abuse than a non-handicapped person.
Parents can participate in playing a role in interventional measures for their child. It will improve overall general attitude and improve parent’s knowledgeable-capacity in how to teach and interact with their children. Gifted children also need early services that will help them flourish their capabilities.
In the end, an early intervention system will help society, and the youngster reap maximum benefits. Children can increase their educational and developmental capacity that will reduce dependence on social institutions. The family of an exceptional child will have the adequate skills to cope with exceptional youngster. The benefits are backed up by nearly 100 years of research from various companies; both qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative data are the reports from family and educators. Quantitative data is based on statistics.