What to do if you’re worried:
• Trust your gut and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Milestone Tracker to get familiar with the types of interventions available.
• Ask your child’s pediatrician or teacher about how to get a free
evaluation. “It is a very comprehensive assessment, and it is usually effective at identifying if there is a clinical problem,” explains Catherine Pearlman, Ph.D.
• Talk to school administrators. If your child is school age and qualifies for specialeducation services, public schools must create an individualized education program (IEP), and this may involve funded therapies.
• Reach out to a nearby teaching hospital or university if cost is a concern. “Universities that provide clinical psychology doctoral degrees are a good resource for families because they will usually have a community clinic where graduate students practice,” says Kristin Carothers, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. “Families can go there for care that’s high quality and also affordable.” • Other resources: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ecta center.org/families.asp); IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association (ideainfanttoddler.org) and Understood (under stood.org)