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Early Intervention

Studies show early intervention for babies with Down syndrome helps improve cognition, gross motor, and fine motor skills in early childhood development, thereby helping to ready toddlers for their school years and everyday life.

The federal government requires all states to offer early intervention services to children with developmental delays. Utah Baby Watch governs the early intervention programs in the state of Utah.  Supporting agencies provide in-home physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as programs to improve overall cognitive development and various other family services.

Evaluations are free of charge, and children with Down syndrome automatically qualify to receive services for little or no monthly fee, depending on family income.

Early intervention agencies vary by school district or county and are provided beginning at birth and continuing through age 3. School districts are responsible for providing services beginning with preschool and continuing until the child graduates from high school or ages out of the system at 22.  A list of all early intervention agencies in the state of Utah can be found at www.utahbabywatch.org