The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families states that 90% of brain development happens before a child reaches his or her fifth birthday. For children with special needs, the earlier we intervene – the better the outcome.
The quality of care and experiences of a young child influences his or her health and development throughout their lives, significantly impacting the child’s future, which is why earlier IS better when teaching young children.
Supporting parents and other caregivers to begin intervening early and become partners in their child’s development leads to improved relationships and a brighter future. The community benefits as well because typically these children need less specialized services as they enter school, their community and, eventually, the work force.