Therapists Who Help Children With Developmental Delays See Large Drop In Referrals During Pandemic.

January 13, 2021

Disability Scoop (1/13, Albertson) reports that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children being referred to therapists who specialize in developmental delays “has plummeted.” In New Hampshire, “400 fewer children were referred to early intervention services in 2020 than in 2019, said Nancy Lucci, who runs the early intervention program in the Exeter area through Waypoint. Lucci said in almost 15 years, she has never seen the number of referrals drop.” Maribeth Rathburn, who runs early intervention services across the southern part of the state with the Children’s Pyramid, “said it’s helpful for children who need support in early childhood to get help, so they have the skills they need to go to school when the time comes. If children are still behind developmentally when they start school, she said, it gets harder to catch up.”

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