Recently I’ve met families whose children were limited or denied early intervention services because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome (not here in Cincinnati). This is extremely concerning to me as a speech language pathologist. The foundation for good communication is being set during these formative years.
For this reason I created a bibliography containing journal articles supporting early intervention in children with Down syndrome. I’ve encouraged my patient’s families to share this with reluctant IFSP teams. Services for children are being cut because of funding, but they should not be eliminated based on the diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Each State has its own guidelines surrounding early intervention and I encourage you to look into these. For Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky the links are here:
Google early intervention and your State to locate information about Federally mandated early intervention services in your area.