Early Childhood Special Education
Infants and toddlers are very special people. They are growing faster than at any other time in their lives. Each child grows and learns in his or her own way. However, sometimes a child may not play, talk, grow, move, or act in ways like most other children of the same age. This child may need extra help. Early help can help a child grow and learn more successfully now and in the future. Some need just a little extra help ... and others need more.Anyone can call the local school or Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC) with questions or concerns about an infant, toddler, or preschoolers. Parents may call with questions ... or may have their doctors, child care providers, public health nurses, or others call for them about their child.Asking questions about your child will help you decide if your child might need special help. Waiting to ask questions might seem easier, but not knowing answers may cause parents to worry more. If a child needs help, asking questions is the way to get started. Early help can make a difference!
Early Intervention for Infants & Toddlers
Services available at no cost to children and families:
Services available through the Individual Family Services Plan to meet the child's developmental needs or family's needs related to supporting the child's growth:
- Information and referral
- Special education and related services under FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education)
- Service coordination
- Procedural safeguards
- Assistive Technology
- Home visits
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
- Special Instruction
- Respite care services
- Family education and counseling
- Health services (during El service delivery)
- Medical services (diagnosis and evaluation)
- Psychological services
- Transportation and related costs
- Vision services
- Physical therapy
- Speech pathology
These may be available at no cost, sliding fee, through insurance, or from other funds.
Is Your Child On Track?
Some infants may have trouble lifting up their heads, rolling over, or crawling. Some toddlers may walk differently or not as soon as expected. Parents may worry that an infant or toddler is too busy or not busy enough. Sometimes, babies may not babble, use sounds, say simple words when expected, or say enough words. Other times, toddlers may not seem to understand simple directions. A preschooler may not be talking in sentences or may have a hard time explaining himself. There may be concerns about how a toddler acts or if they are playing like other children the same age.
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