Why Early Intervention is Vital
The human brain experiences 75% of its growth in early childhood and children develop motor, social and cognitive skills before they turn five. Swift diagnosis when a child does not achieve developmental milestones (ability to roll over, sit, walk, or talk), can significantly improve the child’s developmental trajectory. Unfortunately in India, the time lag between identification and intervention is almost two years – thus children with MDVI lose years of early development, which are foundational to success in school and life.
Three key challenges stand in the way of Early Intervention:
Lack of parental awareness
Over 80% of children with disabilities are born in low income families, who lack the knowledge of developmental milestones.
Absence of mandatory screening
Lack of screening of infants for developmental disabilities in India’s healthcare system.
Inadequate Training of Medical Professionals
Many medical professionals aren’t trained to diagnose developmental difficulties and lack the expertise to appropriately screen new-borns for visual impairment and other disabilities.