"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." ~ Dr. Spock
"You can't manage what you don't measure." ~ Peter Drucker
In 1946, Dr. Benjamin Spock's book Baby and Child Care, emphasized that, above all, parents should have confidence in their observations and abilities, and trust their instincts. The famous first line of the book reads, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Alea supports your role as your child's expert, champion, and advocate on early education and healthcare teams.
Developmental milestones are behaviors or physical skills observed in infants and children as they grow and develop. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. The milestones are different for each age range.
One of the reasons for well-child visits to the health care provider in the early years is to follow your child's development. Most parents also watch for different milestones. Talk to your child's provider if you have concerns about your child's development.
Source: The National Institutes of Health (https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002002.htm)
The Alea Story
Art by Xin-Xin
A Diagnostic Journey
Alea ~ Latin for Risk
Linda Craib, the founder of Alea, experienced a 3-year diagnostic journey with her youngest daughter. As a pediatric RN with expertise in the care of children with medical complexity and special healthcare needs, her personal experience fueled her work as an advocate to help other families access care and early intervention services. After securing care for her own daughter, she helped other families and went on to prevail in an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) case she filed on behalf of 162 children with autism and other serious health conditions when her school district failed to comply with the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
When her older daughter experienced similar challenges to care access and early intervention services with her first son years later, the idea for Alea, a company dedicated to empowering parents with data for self-advocacy was first envisioned.
This animated short, created when Alea won the Henry McCance Award for entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management, highlights some statistics about the long-standing and ongoing failures of the current, provider-led developmental surveillance and screening system. Although the narration is focused on autism, children and families with thousands of types of conditions are experiencing their own, time-sensitive journeys. According to the CDC, 1 of every 6 children (17%) have one or more developmental disabilities.
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Alea is dedicated to shortening the diagnostic journeys for all children and families walking such a path together. We are committed to collaborating with healthcare providers, researchers, and early education teams in their most important work.
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