Pictured right is Lily with Nancy Brommer of Northwest AEA.

When a child is born prematurely, parents typically have many questions about how an early birth will affect the newborn. Will the child be delayed in communication skills, socially or physically? 

If a child is born at 32 weeks or earlier, those babies are eligible for services from Early ACCESS in Iowa, which is administered by Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs). This was the case for Lily, who was born prematurely. 

Nancy Brommer, early interventionist, began supporting Lily's parents, Rosanna and Shawn, soon after after Lily was born in 2014. Working together with the family, they identified three areas of work to focus on with Lily: social, emotional and communication.

Lily was developing communication skills at a slower rate, and she talked when she wanted to speak. Nancy and Lily’s parents spent time using familiar “two/three word phrases” in the home by naming things in the house. Mom was thrilled to report that it worked! 

“Lily’s parents now say they have non-stop conversations with her,” Nancy shared.

Rosanna agreed that Lily is developmentally on track—and beyond.

“Lily is outgoing and creative. I see an imagination from her now,” Rosanna reported. “She is smart, knows her colors, and how to count to 10. She is fully potty-trained, she plays well with others, and her vocabulary and communication are amazing!”

Rosanna said she and her husband are grateful for all that Nancy did to support their family through routines-based activities for Lily. From learning new ways to play with Lily to new ideas for concerns, Nancy coached them through each stage of development.