Imagine your two-year-old doesn’t talk as much as her peers, and sometimes you feel like she doesn’t understand what you’re telling her. You’ve talked with your pediatrician and had her assessed at the Regional Center. Her assessment reveals that she is 40% delayed in her communication skills.
Forty percent may seem serious enough for immediate intervention, but thanks to California budget cuts, it no longer meets the threshold for state-funded early intervention services. For that, she’d have to be 50% delayed.
So what’s a family to do?
Early intervention services are most effective when services begin early in life. But new restrictions mean that many children’s delays will go untreated and may even get worse.