Early Intervention & Izzy’s Pit Crew

March 14, 2008 at 9:16 am 5 comments

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Izzy has an entourage.  She has staff.  Peeps.  Around here, we call them Izzy’s Pit Crew. 

Isabel is enrolled in ‘Early Start’ of which I believe, all 50 states have a version of.  What this means is that from birth to age 3, if a child is showing signs of developmental delays, physical, cognitive or behavioral, then the child and their family can choose to enroll.  Being in the program offers the child a great chance in getting the intervention necessary to boost their growth.  Even if the child is at risk for being delayed qualifies the child for these services.  Offered to children in the program and their families are physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, screening testing for auditory and/or speech problems, and on and on.  Parents can receive up to 24 hours per month of respite care, which for the parent may provide some much-needed rest.  Parents of children with delays are under a certain amount of stress and worry, on top of the usual amount of parenting stresses.  There is a playgroup that we can go to, classes to educate the parent on how to best serve your child, and even helping siblings understand and cope with their own feelings about what it’s like having a new sibling who is receiving all this care. 

I would be one big bundle of worry and feeling like I was living on my last nerve every day if it weren’t for Izzy’s pit crew.  Isabel is receiving every single one of these services in some form, some more than others.  Her biggest focus right now is with her speech.  She’s a quiet little thing.  She only makes a few sounds and is quite delayed in this area.  So, without the Early Start people, I would be wringing my hands over it.  But I’m not because of what they have taught me.  Isabel only started walking about a month ago.  What I learned is that when babies are becoming toddlers, and learning to walk and other gross motor skills, their little brains can’t handle learning how to talk.  The brain is just too busy with all the physicalities.  So, just like they told me would happen (It will Tina…it will…she’ll talk soon…) she has started making new sounds, and they are coming more frequently. 

It does sound kind of odd, that my wee little toddler has all these therapists, and eventually most children who have been adopted internationally catch up just fine, I still am so glad that we are in this program.  They come and play with her for about 45 minutes, check out her progress, give me new ideas on how to get her to her next milestones, sing and eat bagels, and then they leave.  And, almost without fail, that day she does something new. 

I want all of you reading who have adopted internationally to just consider your state’s Early Start program for your child.  Even if your kid is only slightly delayed, and even if they will catch up on their own without the program, it’s still something to consider.  The effects of spending months or years in an institution is, without question, very difficult neurologically and psychologically.  A baby or child is more stressed and has little stimulation.  The brains of these children aren’t being fed in the way that a child in a home are.  There are almost always delays in some form or another.

Love and cuddles and attention count for a great deal, especially with Izzy.  But I absolutely know that her peeps are essential to her development right now.  We Heart Izzy’s Entourage.

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  • 1. Allison  |  March 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I’m so happy to hear about Izzy’s Entourage. We used many of our state’s First Steps services after we brought the Monkey home and it made such a BIG difference, for him and for us. He caught up quickly once he started getting the help he needed.
    I’m all for getting whatever is available and am so happy to see that your little Izzy is getting the help she needs.

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  • 2. Andrea  |  March 15, 2008 at 11:27 am

    We tried in TN, but didn’t qualify. I wonder if the screening is different in each state. I would love to have a Pit Crew 🙂 Good to hear that Izzy is doing well.

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  • 3. imhelendt  |  March 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    son #2 did early start. I have no doubt he would not be where he is without it.

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  • 4. Jackie  |  March 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I am so happy to hear how well the program is working for Izzy. She is a doll and so special. I am all for the Early Start programs. I also took LS for an assessment/evaluation in Jan/Feb. At the time, she did not qualify for services. I know they are a phone call away if I need them and i am not afraid to seek help and support.

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  • 5. Baby  |  May 14, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Is so nice to know that there is help available for any delay that our child kind have. It would be interesting to have some tips of waht we can do at home to help our child or baby.
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