Thursday, April 28, 2011
I was not familiar with Early Intervention until it was time to call them for Cole. I knew his speech was delay but never realized what other areas he was delayed in. I worried that Cole wouldn't get help with speech because he didn't qualify. According to EI you need to be delayed 33% in one area or 25% in 2 areas. I thought Cole was only delayed in speech. I found out he was delayed in 3 areas at least 25%. I was so upset and felt that this was all my fault. I still feel that guilt but tend to push it to side because focusing on helping him is more important. After reading a couple books on speech delay and also autism I realized had I picked up a book I would have learned about EI sooner. I am glad my pediatric doctor recommended EI to us.Not only has Noreen and Melissa from EI helped Cole they have been a great support group for me. They prepare me for all Cole's appointments and just help me realize that no matter what I am doing the best for Cole. They have become a part of our family. On the down side of EI they only work with your children until 3 and then they transition them into the school system. I still have time for that but still worry about it for Cole when his time comes. My advice is that if you have a child who is delayed and you are worried EI is a great help.