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How can I support my child with special needs from birth to age 3?

The following are suggestions on how you can support the development of your child with special needs from birth to 3 years old:

Development
  • Respond to your child's need to build trust. Play with and enjoy your child.
  • Allow your child to develop at his or her own rate. If you have concerns or notice delays, you may contact your local Early Intervention Program.
  • Parents need short breaks. Breaks renew energy and help you enjoy your child more.
Medical

Start keeping records of:
  • immunizations
  • medical history
  • Early Intervention Program plans
  • developmental history
Education
  • You are your child's first teacher.
  • Discuss referring your child to an Early Intervention Program or other developmental program with your child's healthcare provider or specialty clinic. Each state has these programs. Contact the department that handles health services or the office for children with special healthcare needs.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.