New resources help county children thrive

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 8, 2017

For some children, developing properly can be a challenge. And it’s becoming an increasing challenge for parents to assess and diagnose their children with developmental disorders.

Developmental disorder can be a frightening phrase and most parents wouldn’t be quick to think their child is affected. But these learning disorders typically appear during their first few years in school so action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.

Developmental disorders like autism don’t have just one definition, they can manifest in various ways on a wide spectrum.

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But through early detection and intervention, children with developmental disorders can thrive and become successful.

Because it’s important to catch autism early, one of our local family resource centers is offering a free screening service next week.

This service can provide a life-changing opportunity for some children.

It’s the first step in the process toward diagnosis and even if a child is found not to have a developmental disorder, it’s a good chance for parents to learn about the resources available at the center.

For families who don’t have time or can’t afford to drive to a doctor or clinic outside the county for these screenings, it’s the perfect opportunity for them to assess their child.

Parents often have questions when they see how a child interacts socially or at home. These concerns can also focus on how their child completes homework after school. 

Those questions can add up and often become overwhelming, so having a person available to help explore and answer those questions can be a huge relief.

By providing these resources locally and working with established facilities, resource centers like this one can improve the lives of everyone in Pearl River County.