Early Intervention Service Coordinators for Young Children
Every child develops and learns in their own unique way. However, some children with developmental delays need further assistance to help them along. Receiving this help is essential early in life because of the higher neuroplasticity of the developing brain.
Early intervention programs seek to connect children with developmental delays and disabilities to the support and services they need to thrive.
Service coordinators recommend services based on a thorough multi-disciplinary evaluation or qualifying diagnosis. These screening programs are conducted by professionals with different training and expertise. They focus and test the five domains of development to see where the child might need some support.
What are the Five Domains of Childhood Development?
The physical domain involves a person’s different senses (taste, touch, sight, smell, hearing, and proprioception), gross motor skills (major movements involving large muscles), and fine motor skills (involving small muscles, specifically fingers and hands.) Humans develop their physical abilities from the top down, meaning they can turn their heads before reaching and grabbing objects.
The cognitive domain includes the ability to process information mentally. The ability to think, reason, and understand what is happening around you is key to developing the brain. This domain is broken down further into age brackets and how the brain understands information.
The communicative domain involves comprehending, utilizing, and manipulating language. It is considered one of the most powerful skills a person can possess. The four different aspects of speech include:
- Phonology (form sounds into words).
- Syntax (putting the words together to form sentences).
- Semantics (the meaning of words).
- Pragmatics (how the words are applied in practical and interpersonal communication).
The socioemotional domain revolves around one’s ability to exist peacefully within themselves and with others. The ability to regulate internal emotions and understand social cues from others is an important developmental step.
Lastly, the adaptive domain refers to the self-care components of growing up, including eating, drinking, using the restroom, and dressing independently. This aspect also includes understanding one’s environment and its potential dangers.
How can a Support Coordinator Help?
The early intervention process all starts with getting in contact with a service coordinator. The services your child receives will be selected in collaboration with the child’s parents and the service coordinator. Understanding which domains the child needs help with enhances the support coordinator’s ability to place them in the proper services.
These programs are designed to be embedded into regular routines so the child’s environment and support system are engrained in everyday activities.
Understanding the extent of your child’s delays is how they will have a more fulfilling life. The earlier your child gets evaluated by a support coordinator, the more effectively their brain can develop.
Managing Autism at Home
Your child will need to receive certain stimuli within specific age brackets to help with their at-home development. If you have missed some developmental milestones, there is no need to worry! You can still work with your child and stimulate the brain.
Understanding the different skills your child learns during certain stages of development is key to pinpointing how you should focus your activities.
For example, between the ages of 3 and 6 months, movement skills such as creeping, crawling, and rolling are beginning to take place. You can encourage these skills by trying to get your child to reach or grab for toys.
Simple things such as puzzles and coloring books also help your child’s brain react. The physical touch and bright colors can make their brain ping and continue to grow.
Following the different stages of development is a wonderful way to help your child continue to develop outside the support coordinators’ services.
There are other at-home ways for you to be a supportive parent through your child’s autism development. Learn how to encourage positive behavior and development with your own actions towards your child.
Don’t delay getting your child the support they need to develop. The early stages of life are critical to cultivating healthy behaviors. A certified support coordinator will help guide your little one’s developmental journey in the right direction.