EARLY INTERVENTION The first three years of your child's development are very important. Human learning and development are most rapid in the time from birth to age three. That's why it's so important to give a child the best start possible. The earlier a child with a disability or a developmental delay is diagnosed and gets help, the better that child's ultimate quality of life. Early Intervention is a combination of services, supports and extra efforts aimed at preventing or minimizing developmental delays in infants and toddlers.
Early intervention can equip parents with resources, skills and support to make the most of their childs' early years.
below offers some examples of typical child development. Of course every
child develops at his or her own pace, but if your child shows a delay,
he or she may benefit
Indiana children under three are entitled to receive a free evaluation
to determine eligibility, through First Steps, Indiana's Early Intervention
MONITORING PROGRAM is a free monitoring program for all children
from birth to age three. A questionnaire is mailed to all participating
families every four months for self evaluation of their child's developmental
progress. This questionnaire helps to reassure parents that their child's
development is on target. If a delay is detected, evaluation, (speech
therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, developmental therapy,
etc. ) are offered to the family and where needed services are provided
through the First Steps program.
How do children
get referred to First Steps?
Arc Opportunities is your LaGrange County System Point of Entry(SPOE). As such, Arc can provide access to information about funding and service options. Arc encourages the early referral of infants and toddlers to the First Steps system, as well as provides an additional access point for for families with children with special health care needs up to age 21. Arc ensures a consistent and visible point of access within your community for a parent with a child who has special needs; or for the parent with concerns about their child's development.
provides a single point of entry for families whose children may need
additional services. An intake coordinator meets with the families in
their homes or a location they so desire, to determine what assistance
the child and their family needs to be successful. The intake coordinator
helps to locate appropriate services/supports and
is a collaboration with Children's Special Health Care Services established
to expand access to information and a variety of services for children
with disabilities, developmental delays or special health care needs.
First Steps also assists families in locating and accessing various
funding options that are available
As a family
centered coordinated system, First Steps provides early intervention services
to infants and toddlers. The program includes those children ages birth
to threes years old who are experiencing developmental delays, have a
diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental
delay, or who are at risk of having substantial developmental delays if
early intervention services are not provided. The program offers a wide
array of services (16 in all) to meet the needs of children who qualify.
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