Listening Time — 29:50
Did you know that a baby can have a stroke before it's born? Emma Fitzsimmons didn't, until she noticed some differences in her four-month-old son compared with other babies. A web search suggested, and an MRI confirmed, that he'd experienced a perinatal ischemic stroke.
It's not as rare as you might think. The key to the best outcomes for kids with developmental delays is early physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The national Early Intervention Program offers just that.
Emma wrote an article, "How Early Intervention Changed My Son's Life," for the New York Times Parenting section.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Emma talks about the value of the program from a parent's standpoint. Physical therapist Patricia Torres shares information from a clinical point of view. She also explains why it's never too early to start physical therapy. Emma also offers advice on how parents can work within the health care system to get help for children who need it.
Here's our conversation with Emma and Patricia.