Understanding the Impact

Not only does BMT affect overall health and physical growth itself, but it also impacts the child’s physical and emotional development. Effects may include the ability to walk, talk, eat, play, and take care of age-appropriate activities of daily living (ADL) such as dressing, toileting, school skills, etc., and ability to communicate with, be accepted by, and get along with, others including family members and other children.

Early intervention services coordinated by health and social services agencies, are available to all WA children ages birth-3, regardless of family income, who are at risk for developmental and learning problems. After a child’s third birthday, similar services to help him or her prepare for school are offered through the public schools. It is very important for children to be able to keep up as much as possible with their schooling, as this is the child’s daily “work” and also helps to keep them connected to the outside world to which they will return after the isolating experience of BMT.