The 4 Ws of Early Intervention: WHY (Or Not) Is it Beneficial to Get a Diagnosis?

There are many reasons to pursue a diagnosis. Most importantly, it can unlock services and opportunities that may otherwise be inaccessible. However, in some cases it may be too early to identify the diagnosis in question. And sometimes, pursuing a diagnosis can take time and attention away from the most important piece of all: putting into place the services your child needs. 

We spoke with Fran Goldfarb, Core Function Director of Community Education, Information Dissemination, and Technical Assistance at USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), about the importance of timing and having open conversations with providers about a child’s needs: 

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For more on why it can be more important to emphasize services over getting a diagnosis, we spoke to Kathryn Smith, RN, MN, DrPH, associate director for policy at UCEDD and nurse care manager at the Boone Fetter Clinic at CHLA:

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Smith adds that early intervention gives families the tools they need to support their child’s development: 

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Learn more about the importance of starting early intervention services as soon as possible here

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