We all get excited about our children's accomplishments — from the first time they rolled over to the first time they uttered a real word — but for some mothers these bragging rights are more monumental if their lil one had a delay of some sort.
According to the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, approximately 300,000 infants and toddlers received some sort of Early Intervention in 2006 and that number is only expected to rise in coming years. Early Intervention is the federally mandated, state-run program that provides services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy to tots that are experiencing delays. Though program rules vary from state to state, the programs are usually tailored for tots under the age of three, with the hope being that the services will address the delays before the toddler reaches school.
Does (or did) your child take part in these programs?