Each child is unique and grows at his or her own pace. But sometimes a child needs help. CHD’s Early Intervention Program can help. We work with infants and children from birth to 3 years of age who have or are at risk for developmental delays. A CHD team can assess your child’s abilities and, if indicated, will develop an individualized plan to promote development of play, movement, social behavior, communication, and self-care skills. We work with children and their families in their environment – no need to come to the office.
Parents often contact early intervention because they are concerned about possible speech delays, or delays in walking or crawling. Our experienced team can assess the possibility of a delay and work with you and your child to help them catch up, if that’s what’s needed. Early Intervention also commonly works with babies with torticollis (tightness of the neck muscle). This condition causes babies to be tilted to one side and can cause a decreased range of motion and a flat spot on the head. We also work with children on the autism spectrum, providing sensory integration therapy and working to help them tolerate their environment. Feeding concerns are also common. In all cases, we work with families to connect them with other community services that might be helpful.
These milestones are general guidelines to help you understand the range of typical development. If you have concerns, we can help you assess your child’s strengths and needs.
Actively moves arms and legs Holds head up briefly Grows in weight and height
Follows objects/faces using eyes Smiles, coos Sucks on hand
Lifts and turns head while lying
Reaches Rolls Brings hand to mouth
Makes gurgling noises Varies cry
Sits by self Gets onto hands and knees Crawls
Holds toys easily
Transfers toy from hand to hand Takes strained baby food from spoon Makes beginning speech sounds (ma, pa, ba)
Pulls to stand, sits alone Drops a toy with accuracy Responds to “No”, own name, family
Becomes aware of strangers Imitates speech, sounds and gestures Begins finger feeding
Walks Uses fingers (points, picks up, holds) Uses single words
Follows a simple direction Feeds self using spoon or cup Activates toys by own efforts
Jumps, runs, climbs Throws and kicks a ball Uses two hands together
Begins pretend play Uses names of objects and actions Names pictures and familiar objects
Uses 3-4 word sentences Chews food well and uses straw
Walks up/down stairs Uses beginning puzzle skills Puts simple clothes on by self
Able to play on own Shows good attention to tasks
Rides a bike using pedals Begins toilet training Uses pronouns “I”, “Me” “You”
Engages in pretend play Understands simple stories
Is your child missing milestones? CHD Early Intervention can help:
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Early Intervention provides speech, physical and occupational therapy as well as assistance with developmental, mental health and other social concerns. Our service area includes the towns of Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, and Hampden Massachusetts.