In the Department of Education blog, Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education, discussed that early intervention services, like those services that help a child learn to speak, walk, or interact with others, can really make a difference and enhance a child’s learning and development. However, there is an overwhelming amount of young children who do not have access to early screenings that will help detect development delays.
While it is crucial that all young children have access to screening and appropriate services, research mentioned in the blog stressed the need to ensure developmental screening in low-income, racially diverse urban populations, where the risk of delay is greater and access to services can be even more difficult. Children who are screened and identified as having, or at risk for, a developmental delay can be referred to their local early intervention service program or their local public school for additional evaluation to determine whether they are eligible for IDEA Part C or Part B 619 services. Further, screening young children early may help families to better access other federal and State-funded early learning and development services.
Yudin also commented on the newly released Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive, an initiative that encourages early developmental and behavioral screening and follow-up with support for children and families. It features a number of research-based screening tools and “how to” guides for a variety of audiences, including parents, doctors, teachers, and child care providers.
Read more from the U.S. Department of Education’s blog here.
Learn more about Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive, here.