The Saltz Family Early Intervention Advocacy Center
Laura Sander cries when she recalls how frustrated she was when she was searching for therapeutic services for her adopted son, William, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Laura, a 7th grade teacher who grew up in Argentina and settled in a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, had always dreamed of adopting a child. William was placed with Laura just three days after she was approved to be a foster parent. He was four months old. Like many neglected infants, William didn’t cry. “Infants cry to get attention. But if you cry and nobody comes, eventually you stop crying, and that’s what happened to William,” she says.
“At about two years of age, we finally got the diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome, and we were able to get help through the Saltz Center at the Alliance. Thanks to them, he was able to attend a special early intervention program. He started to learn colors and numbers and dance and sing. He made friends – it was also good for his social life! We went three times a week for an entire year, until he turned three. His therapists did everything that he needed to get him ready for kindergarten so that he can succeed in his education in the future.”
How do you know if your child is developing appropriately or is experiencing developmental delays?
Children experience tremendous change and growth in their first few years of life and each child develops at their own pace. Milestones are skills that children typically learn by a certain age such as sitting up by six months or talking by age two. Developmental milestones should be reviewed every few months for your child.
Alliance Caregiver Developmental Milestones Tool: Watch My Baby Grow
Centers for Disease Control Developmental Milestones
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Find Early/Head Start programs (you can also visit prekkid.org or call 877.773.5543)