Early Intervention, A Roadmap for Parents...

Research shows parents are the 1st to know about issues/problems with their child's development, however, they are often told "watch and wait" approach by pediatric care providers.

Research shows better outcomes for children when parents utilize early intervention services (CDC, 2020).

In one study (by Raspa and colleagues), focus groups were conducted with parents of children who had developmental delays and disabilities to learn about their experiences in seeking initial help for their child. The study found that

  • Parents were typically the first ones to be concerned about their child’s development; delayed speech was the most commonly reported concern.

  • Most participants talked first with their child’s primary healthcare provider about their concerns.

  • When discussing concerns with a healthcare provider parents were given minimal or no assistance and given a “wait and see” approach, and did not provide information about where parents could find additional services and support.

  • Participants reported a few resources that would have been useful to them as they sought help for their child: information on what to expect at different ages and phone numbers of agencies to contact with questions.


To address this gap, Expecting & Beyond is excited to offer a Live Virtual Course:

Early Intervention Toolkit for Parents.

Specifically, this course is for parents of young children who want to better understand the concepts of growth and development, how to track their child’s developmental milestones, red flags for developmental delays, and to how to act early if they have concerns about their child’s development (accessing early intervention services, resources). This course if offered by Dr. Ruggiero, author of Fast Facts for pediatric primary care: a guide for NPs and PAs.

Dates and Times

  • November 20, 2020 Time: 9:00-10:30 am (EST) Virtual course

  • December 5, 2020 Time: 10:00-11:30 am (EST) Virtual Course

  • December 10, 2020 Time: 10:00-11:30 am (EST) Virtual Course

  • December 17, 2020. Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST) Virtual Course

Dates and sign up available on expectinfo.com. Cost of course if $49.

About the Faculty: Dr. Ruggiero is a leading health educator and published author who helps educate parents and healthcare professionals. See most recent publication for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants "Fast Facts for Pediatric Primary Care"