A Family’s Journey through Early Intervention
The childhood journey is a marked by a series of firsts – first smiles, first steps, first words, first day of school. These firsts are much more than memory book moments for parents and family, as they represent significant milestones in a child’s development.
A child that is not reaching their developmental milestones may be in need of early intervention services to help promote their growth and development while providing the family with support during these critical childhood years.
Gina and Ron were high school sweethearts who longed for a family for six years before welcoming sweet baby Gemma into the world. Gemma’s birth and infancy was magical and happy. After celebrating Gemma’s first birthday, her parents began to worry, as they waited for a first word that never came.
After visiting with their pediatrician, it was determined that Gemma was not reaching her “milestones of development" for language. The doctor suggested that Gina and Ron look into an Early Intervention program – so Gemma could receive a complete evaluation of her development by a skilled, multidisciplinary team. Gemma received a comprehensive assessment and was placed on an Individual Family Service Plan, which included weekly Speech and Language Services. The family was matched with a Progressus Therapy Speech-Language Pathologist whose expertise is in working with children from birth to three years old.
In August, during the family’s first visit with their SLP, their lives began to change. Each week, the family received in-home services that focused on developmental, social and educational gains. The services were family centered and provided the entire family unit with the guidance, support and resources they needed to help their child reach her fullest potential.
Through parent coaching, Gina and Ron learned strategies for helping Gemma during their daily routines and family rituals. Both parents gained confidence in working with their sweet little girl and, by the time they were building a snowman together that same winter, Gemma was saying over 50 words! Working collaboratively with the family, the Progressus Early Intervention program helped Gemma and her parents reach significant milestones in her childhood journey.
*Names have been changed.