Every year, more than one million children with unidentified disabilities enter school with issues that put them behind their peers. Easter Seals makes it easy to find out if your child is at risk. In the first few years of a child’s life, parents eagerly await each milestone.
The first smile.
The first step.
The first time she says, “Mama.”
But some important milestones are not as obvious -- and missing them can be warning signs of developmental delays and other issues that can affect your child’s ability to meet their full potential.
The good news is that kids with delays, disabilities, and autism can make significant progress if they get support early in life. That’s why Easter Seals offers early identification and intervention services for parents and caregivers.
Simply by answering age-specific questions via the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) —a free screening tool available through generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust -- you can see if your child’s developmental progress is on schedule.
It takes less than 20 minutes to make sure your child is reaching his or her developmental milestones. Take the questionnaire today! The survey is available in English and Spanish!
As the largest provider of early intervention services, Easter Seals knows what’s possible when kids get the support they need… and what happens when they don’t. We can give every child an equal opportunity to learn and grow— but it’s important to get kids the help they need in the critical years before they turn five.
At Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, we provide therapy and family support for these families and little children. Over 250 families receive speech, occupational ,physical and autism therapies every year from our trained and dedicated staff members. We know the needs our families have and are very concerned about those who do not get the services children need to succeed.
One example of the power of appropriate services is our National Easter Seals Ambassador, Kyle Mayer from Greendale. Kyle was not succeeding early in life. There were problems at home. It was Kyle’s grandmother who recognized the early signs of autism and told Kyle’s mother that he needed help. Kyle was eventually diagnosed with autism. He started receiving therapies through Easter Seals and today he is a thrid grader learning in a regular classroom. Early intervention had powerful results and will for the rest of Kyle’s lifetime.
Join our effort to raise awareness about early child delays by going to www.makethefirstfivecount.org.