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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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Tips for Engaging Child in Play
Engaging in Play
Sometimes, despite the back flips and cartwheels we attempt,
kids just don't seem terribly interested in our attempts at
engaging them in play.
Before stepping up your efforts to even more outrageous antics,
make sure that all of your child's basic needs are met. As
adults, we know that if we are hungry or tired, we are not
usually in the mood to play either. If your child seems to be
well rested, well fed, and have a clean diaper, here are some
strategies to attempt:
- Change the type of play. If you'd been trying to engage
in rough and tumble play, switch to quiet activities like
books, puzzles, or blocks.
- If quiet activities aren't doing the trick, try motor
games like airplane flying, climbing on sofa cushions, or
- Engage in play that requires reciprocal interaction,
like rolling a ball back and forth or building a tower of
blocks for your child to then knock over.
- Deliberately establish eye contact and wait for
reciprocation before initiating interactions.
- Model the appropriate way to play with a particular toy
while commenting on your actions. (I put the circle in the
hole. In. Your turn!)
- Use hand-over-hand assistance to help your child use a
- Follow your child's lead and then build on what he or
she shows interest in. For example, if your child is only
interested in lining his or her cars up, line them up first
and then model pushing a car along a road.
- Eliminate distractions from the environment. Some
children become over-stimulated very easily. If there is a
lot of noise or overly stimulating activity happening in the
environment, your child may not be able to focus on what
- Start with just one or two simple items, and as your
child is able to tolerate those, gradually add more.
Your child's temperament plays a large role in how he or she
responds to play initiations. Some kids will always prefer to
sit back and watch rather than be in the middle of the
excitement. If you feel that your child is excessively passive
in their interactions or doesn't seem to be motivated to
interact with you or presented toys, talk to your pediatrician
about your concerns.
Techniques for Building Positive Habits
Parenting Tips in Other Areas Include
Learn More About Early Intervention
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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