Here at Tyrone Law Firm we do everything we can to help families who have children with special needs. In fact we have dedicated members of our staff who have had to navigate a path for their own children. If you are a parent with a child with Cerebral Palsy or hypoxic brain injury, we hope these posts will bring you new resources for you, your child, and your family:
Milestones are a great way to determine how your baby is doing. They serve as markers of your babies’ development. Between 6 and 8 weeks, your baby should begin to make eye contact while feeding. Vowel sounds, such as cooing usually begins around 2-3 months with babbling starting around 4 months. Reaching and grabbing typically begins around 5-7 months, along with sitting alone.
If your baby has started to miss their milestones, early intervention is very important. When babies have suffered a traumatic birth and have brain damage, they often miss early milestones, such as eye contact, babbling and sitting on their own. Once parents notice these delays, or have a diagnosis, such as cerebral palsy or another chronic illness, they need to look in to therapy for their baby.
Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is a great place to start! They serve as an early intervention program and will help families with finding the correct resources and therapy that will benefit their baby to the fullest. BCW helped over 6,640 families in 2011 alone, and continue to help more every day. Babies Can’t Wait has been serving families in Georgia since 1987. The mission of Part C, Babies Can’t Wait, is: “Part C early intervention builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.”
Babies can start this process as early as birth and can continue until age 3, when they are eligible to enter the public school system. Services through BCW are provided in a natural environment, like your home. This will keep things as normal as possible for your baby. Having your baby start therapy at an early age will help maximize their individual growth.
If you would like to know more about Babies Can’t Wait, or other resources for your family you can find BCW on the web at http://dph.georgia.gov/Babies-Cant-Wait or at: 404-657-2850. If our firm can ever help you or someone you know, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Tyrone Law Firm.