Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or 25% delay in one or more areas of development. The earlier a child’s developmental delays are discovered, the more opportunities there are for a child to increase skills and abilities. The goal is to help children participate in their communities.
If you have a question or concern about your child’s development, you may request an evaluation free of charge to your family. Our evaluation team will assess your child’s ability to learn, move, communicate, respond to and relate with others, eat, dress, and care for daily living needs. If the child is eligible for the program, the service coordinator works with the family to see that the family and their child receive the services and supports they need within the family’s natural environment.
- Children’s optimal development depends on their being viewed first as children and second as children with a problem or disability.
- Children’s greatest resource is their family.
- Parents are partners in any activity that serves their children.
- Just as children are best supported within the context of family, the family is best supported within the context of the community.
- Professionals are most effective when they can work as a team member with parents and others.
- Collaboration is the best way to provide comprehensive services.
Early intervention enhances the development of children.
See the Center for Disease Control Developmental Milestone Guide for more information