Frequently Asked Questions
You know your child best; if they aren’t meeting developmental milestones, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child learns, speaks, acts, and/or moves, share your concerns with their doctor. Sometimes a concern can be raised by a day care provider, relative or friend. There are simple screening tools we can use to give you a “snapshot” of your child’s development.
Your child is eligible for services if they are:
- Experiencing a delay of 25% in cognitive, speech, physical development, social and emotional and/or adaptive development.
- If your child has a known physical or mental condition that has a high probability for developmental delays.
- A specialist’s informed clinical opinion that your child does have a delay, even if undetected by assessments.
No. Once your child has been referred/identified, the county has 45 days to do a thorough assessment, write an individualized service plan and begin service.
Early intervention services are provided in settings that are consistent with the needs of your child and family. Support and services are interwoven into the learning opportunities that exist within your home, in the community and/or child care/preschool programs. Teachers and therapists also help to train parents and caretakers on how to continue working with the child when they are not present.
Depending on your child’s needs, you may be working with a teacher, speech pathologist, physical therapist, and/or occupational therapist. A team will develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that will be overseen by a Service Coordinator from the Lawrence County Base Service Unit.
An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a written plan for your child. You will help develop the plan and are an equal partner on the team. As the parent and expert on your child, your knowledge of your child is important to the development of the plan.
You will meet with your team to discuss your child’s strengths and needs based on the evaluation of their development. This meeting allows for you to share ideas for your child and family. It is your opportunity to inform the team about your daily routines, activity preferences, and things that are challenging for your family. Sharing this will help your team to find the best ways to customize supports and services to meet the needs of your child and your family.