Easter Seals: Make the First Five Count {Early Childhood}

The following information is being posted on behalf of West Glen and Easter Seals.*

Those of us with a background in Early Childhood understand the importance of the early years. When parents value that time and the resources available to them, their children have a greater chance of reaching their full potential. All children learn at a different pace and each child has a unique and individual personality. Helping children who struggle with learning, early on, can oftentimes have a significant impact on their future. With that in mind, Easter Seals created a new website called Make the First Five Count.

Make-the-first-five-countLearn about Make the First Five Count

Every year 1.45 million children, all under the age of five, enter school with learning and health issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to meet their full potential.

Because of this, Easter Seals has created a new program called Make the First Five Count which encourages parents to be more aware of the social and developmental milestones their children should be reaching during the first five years of life.

Some of these developmental milestones include:

Cognitive: Thinking skills: including learning, understanding, problem solving, reasoning, and remembering.

Social/Emotional: Interacting with others; having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.

If a child misses a milestone, or if something doesn’t feel quite right, notify your doctor — it might indicate a problem. The most important thing for parents and loved ones is to follow their instincts and share their concerns with their pediatrician. Recognizing a problem in developmental milestones is the very first step to ensuring your child gets the services he or she needs early – at the time they can benefit the most. When kids get the right treatment and therapy early in life, they’re ready to learn alongside their peers and build lifelong skills. Known as early intervention services, these therapies work to strengthen a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual abilities well before kindergarten.

To show you how early intervention changes lives we invite you to view Kyle’s story. Kyle is a first grader who was diagnosed with a form of autism at age 2; thanks to early intervention services through Easter Seals Kyle’s teachers say he may be able to live independently some day.

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