What To Do If Your Child Is Denied Early Intervention Services

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If a child is denied early intervention services, parents can seek out help elsewhere. (Getty Images)

Parents know their children. They are aware of their child’s personality, their growth, and their movements. Occasionally parents may notice a lag in communication or motor skills. 

Child development services can help get a child back on track by analyzing the child and then offering a plan with activities or exercises to help the child fully develop in areas they may be struggling with. There are specific criteria that the child must meet in order to be considered for these services.

But what if the child did not meet the criteria for early intervention services? This can be discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few things parents can do if their child is deemed ineligible. One of the first things a parent can do is to appeal the decision. 

If the child was said to have been borderline or below the normal range, a parent can appeal. But if the child ranked as average or above, there is a good chance the appeal will not be successful.

There are many companies with experienced, licensed professionals who can sit with both the parents and child and discuss the concerns and develop a plan. There are many more such services available. 

Where can such services be found? Search online for local developmental services that can be provided at home. If there are no such services available, try a search for child development services that offer remote visits via Facetime or Skype. 

Child development services such as these can offer lesson plans or guides, exercises, and activities for a child. This can be done with the professional observing and offering guidance or as homework prior to the next session. They can help determine which milestones a child has met and needs to meet in order to stay on target with development. 

Language guides are one of the most popular methods of assisting children. These guides will help them learn to make the proper letter sounds with the aid of their parents.

There are licensed educators, therapists and professionals available all over the country, and thanks to advances in technology, their services can be used anywhere for any child. With the assistance and guidance of child development services, parents can rest assured that their child’s developmental milestones are being met. 

Michelle Dell’Aquila is a licensed therapist and the director of Child Development Advice, an educational consulting agency. She can be reached at parentingcoachonline.com