Children who receive early and regular developmental screenings and access to high quality early intervention services to address developmental delays and social-emotional health issues show improved:

  • Social skills
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Math and reading skills1

Early detection and diagnosis helps parents and child care and early education teachers make appropriate decisions about educational programs.2

When children have developmental delays or social-emotional health issues that are undetected and untreated, it can cause physical delays and an inability to form and maintain relationships. Poor relationships impact children’s learning and can cause:

  • Emotional and mental health problems
  • Delinquency
  • School dropout
  • Aggression
  • Poor social skills and lack of empathy3

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  1.  Schorr, L. B. & Marchand, V. (2007). Pathway to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade. Retrieved from http://first5shasta.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/PathwayFramework9-07.pdf and The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. (2011). The Outcomes of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families. Retrieved from http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/pubs/outcomesofearlyintervention.pdf
  2.  Schorr, Pathway to Children Ready for School, op cit.
  3.  Hanag, J. F., Shaw, J. S., & Duncan, P. M. (2008). Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Elk Gove Village, Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from https://brightfutures.aap.org/bright%20Futures%20Documents/BF3%20pocket%20guide_final.pdf

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15%
of children nationally ages three to 17 have a developmental or behavioral disability
1
NC had highest rate of development screening according to National Survey of Children’s Health for 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012
72%
of mothers receiving Medicaid were screened for maternal depression at the one-month well-baby visit

What Can We Do About It?

What supports early intervention?

  • Early and regular screening and treatment for developmental delays, social-emotional issues and risk factors
  • Care coordination and support for transitions among services
  • Improving the capacity of early education programs to effectively include infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays

Research-based based policies, practices and programs that providers, communities and North Carolina can take to ensure high quality early intervention.

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