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Early Intervention can make all the difference.

An informative speech by Julie Andrews

An informative speech by Julie Andrews

 Hello I am here to talk to you today about Early
Childhood Intervention. I am a single mother to
a high functioning Autistic little boy. I would
like to help inform you of the many benefits of
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 I. Explaining what E.C.I. is.

 II. Recognizing the importance of E.C.I.

 III. Finding sources for E.C.I.

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 What is Early Childhood Intervention?

 Early Childhood Intervention is a support system for

children with developmental delays and/or disabilities
and their families. There are three primary reasons for
intervening early with an exceptional (or special needs)
child: to enhance the child's development, to provide
support and assistance to the family, and to maximize the
child's and family's benefit to society.
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Recognizing the Importance of E.C.I

 Child development research has established that the rate of human learning and
development is most rapid in the preschool years. Timing of intervention
becomes particularly important when a child runs the risk of missing an
opportunity to learn during a state of maximum readiness. If the most teachable
moments or stages of greatest readiness are not taken advantage of, a child may
have difficulty learning a particular skill at a later time.
 Early intervention services also have a significant impact on the parents and
siblings of an exceptional infant or young child. The family of a young exceptional
child often feels disappointment, social isolation, added stress, frustration, and
helplessness. The compounded stress of the presence of an exceptional child may
affect the family's well-being and interfere with the child's development. Families
of handicapped children are found to experience increased instances of divorce
and suicide, and the handicapped child is more likely to be abused than is a non-
handicapped child. Early intervention can result in parents having improved
attitudes about themselves and their child, improved information and skills for
teaching their child, and more release time for leisure and employment.
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 A third reason for intervening early is that

society will reap maximum benefits. The child's
increased developmental and educational gains
and decreased dependence upon social
institutions, the family's increased ability to
cope with the presence of an exceptional child,
and perhaps the child's increased eligibility for
employment, all provide economic as well as
social benefits.
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Finding sources for E.C.I.

 Finding sources for E.C.I. can be as easy as speaking to your

pediatrician. You will first need to find out if your child qualifies for
E.C.I. When you find out you will then start the process of figuring
out what your child’s needs are. Again your pediatrician will be able
to direct you to a person qualified to do this with you. These services
may include screening and assessments; physical, occupational and
speech language therapy; and special instruction, training and
counseling services.
 Half of the ECI programs are state or local mental health and mental
retardation facilities, about one quarter are with school districts or
regional educational service centers, and about one quarter are
nonprofit organizations. Depending on how severe your child’s case
is, determines how much help he or she may need.
 Staff from these programs may include early intervention specialists,
nurses, psychologists, dieticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, social
workers, and physical, occupational, speech and language therapists.

My personal belief in E.C.I.
Early Childhood Intervention works!
Children can succeed with E.C.I

 I believe in E.C.I. 100 %. I have witnessed the affects it

has shown in my son. We started E.C.I when he was 3
years old and I fully believe this changed his life. I also , in
addition to the services mentioned before, added in music
therapy and art therapy. They are two more amazing
programs that you can enroll your child in or practice at
 I urge all of you who are parents to talk to your
pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s