After sending out my mass email and getting back loads of advice from everyone who knows someone, I noticed a common thread … early intervention is key! I’m from California so most of the advice I got wasn’t applicable to how things work in Virginia. My husband and I spent the first couple months trying to figure out what to do next. When we finally ran into a friend, she pointed us in the right direction.
In the state of Virginia, physical and speech therapy can begin soon after the baby is born. Sophia was about two months old when we began therapy. The therapists come to our home because I am a stay at home mom, but if she were in daycare they might potentially go there instead. They set up goals and teach you how to teach your child. It seemed kind of strange at first … how much does a two month old baby do anyway? It turns out they do a lot. And because a baby with DS will likely be delayed reaching certain milestones, it helps to have a guide pointing you in the right direction.
Early intervention supports and services in Virginia are provided through the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Early intervention supports and services are for infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a condition that can delay normal development.
http://www.infantva.org/ Main Office: 804.786.3710