Early Childhood Intervention
This website is a place for families who are facing
challenges pertaining to their child's development and
It is a place to find answers and practical
suggestions. That's what Early Intervention Support is all
Whether a family has a child with a challenging behavior,
a disability or developmental issue, childhood is short - it
should be savored and enjoyed.
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We understand developmental milestones and the challenges
of Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time
with families understanding the inner workings of childhood
routines and interactions. Ask us about your child today!
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Support in Eating and Sleeping
Support Your Child as He/She Develops New Eating and Sleeping
Considering what your child's life was like in an institution, its only
natural that adopted children at first are tempted to eat huge amounts of
food so let them!
Learning to trust the parents to always provide enough for them is a
powerful part of the attachment process. In addition, its healthy for
children to learn that they can stop eating when they are full, and trust
that more food will be available when they need it later.
Older children might hide or hoard food an adaptive behavior learned in
an environment where there was never enough food. You can help your child
overcome this by leaving healthy, safe and not-too-messy snacks readily
available and visible to your child. By showing your child that whenever he
or she needs food you will provide it, you are also providing the help your
child needs to become attached to you.
If your child struggles with eating, there could be two causes. First, it
could be motor coordination problems resulting from the unpleasant feeding
practices he experienced in the orphanage. Or second, the child may struggle
with food because of a sensory aversion. To overcome this, start with
whatever the child will eat or drink and gradually work up in texture and
variety. Once they experience warm and nurturing feeding practices, most
children begin to expand the variety and volume of their food intake.
If your child struggles with eating for more than a few weeks, consult a
To understand why your child might have problems sleeping, think again
about life in an orphanage. Until he or she came into your home, your child
probably never experienced sleeping alone in a room or in the dark.
Anxieties are often more intense when a child is tired, and considering
that your child's life has just changed abruptly, you'll need to provide
love and patience to help them adjust. The words, Whenever you need me (or
us), well be there, can be helpful. If your child sleeps better with you in
the same room, feel free to do so. A mattress on the floor of the child's
room might help. As your child becomes more and more secure in their
attachment to you, you'll be able to gradually wean yourself out of bedtime
and sleeping routines.
The goal is to provide as much support as your child needs, but as little
as he or she lets you get away with. Eventually, you'll be able to have a
pleasant bedtime routine and a restful sleep for everyone.
Adapted from the International Adoption Health Services of Western
Pennsylvania, Pediatric Alliance, PC
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Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with childhood developmental
delays and behaviors. These include in-home services, outpatient (you take
your child to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
Visit our Therapy Options
area to learn more.
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