As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I see a fair number of children up to five years old with delays of various kinds. I’ve also noticed the immense value of invested parents in therapeutic outcomes. Not only are these parents “in tune” with their children and what is going on, they are committed to doing what is best for those children. The willingness to stay home with them points to a much deeper devotion to the long-term well-being and success of those kids.
By earlier identification of delays and needs, and with effective intervention and a marked improvement in their skills, these children are discharged more quickly than their peers who are in daycare for the week. In my field, professionals often recommend full-time daycare to provide socialization and learning. I NEVER suggest this to parents, instead encouraging them to get on the floor and play with their kids, watch what they’re interested in, and read with them often. There’s no better place for your babies than in your arms and being loved all day.
There’s No Better Place for Your Babies Than In Your Arms
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