No two children are the same—each one is unique. And that’s why it’s sometimes hard to tell when you should be concerned about differences between infants and toddlers of the same age. Most differences are nothing to worry about, but in some children the differences can signal a need for early intervention.
What is Early Intervention?
When you contact Kids on the Move, our caring professionals will listen to your concerns and conduct a full developmental assessment of your child at no cost. Eligible children will receive services to help them grow and learn during the first 3 years of life. Services include developmental assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, hearing and vision assessment, nursing, nutrition and parent training classes. Most Early Intervention services will be provided at a convenient time for your family in your home or other familiar places where your child learns and plays.
Who is eligible?
Children residing in the Alpine School District under the age of three with a significant delay in one or more of the following areas:
- Physical development
- Vision and hearing
- Social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Learning, problem solving and play skills
Many children with a diagnosed medical condition also qualify for services.
Why is Early Intervention important?
During the first 3 years of life, your child’s brain and body are growing rapidly. The earlier a delay or disability is identified, the better the chances are that services can help your child reach his/her potential.
What does Early Intervention cost?
The majority of the cost of services is covered through state and federal funding. You may be charged a small monthly participation fee, based on your family’s ability to pay, but services will not be denied based on an inability to pay.
What if I am concerned that my child is developing slower than other children?
What does a free evaluation and assessment look like?
A child development specialist will come to your home to meet with you. The evaluation usually includes observing your child, asking you questions about your child’s development and testing your child in several areas of development.
What is an Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP?
The IFSP is a treatment plan created by parents and other team members. It outlines the goals for your child and family as well as services you will receive to help you and your child meet the goals.
What is included in early intervention services and where are services provided?
Children may qualify for a variety of services based on their individual needs. Services are provided primarily in the home or where a child typically spends each day. Kids On The Move offers center-based services depending on the individual needs of the child and the family.