Early Intervention: Birth to Age Seven
Early identification and intervention is a critical factor in determining the future success of children experiencing developmental delays. We envision families in early intervention to be actively engaged in their child’s overall development and well-being. We will help empower families to seek out community resources that support and enhance a healthy family system.
The early intervention program is staffed by individuals passionate about serving the most vulnerable members of our society as we carry out our mission:
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is an early intervention program for infants and toddlers (birth to three-years-old) identified with developmental delays. Participation in this program is parent-driven, free, and confidential.
Help Me Grow services identify and meet specific needs in five developmental areas:
Referral and Screening
Parents, family members, doctors, hospital and public health nurses, WIC clinics, and childcare providers may all refer a child for an early intervention evaluation. You may also make an online referral by visiting the MN Parents Right to Know website.
A screening is a quick look at how a child is learning and growing. Early intervention professionals may choose to conduct a screening using simple questionnaires or by talking with you about your child’s development. If you suspect a child may have a delay in development or a condition that might result in a delay, please contact us for further evaluation.
The multidisciplinary evaluation/assessment determines:
A multidisciplinary evaluation group is comprised of a qualified panel with different areas of training and experience. Together they understand the nuances of a child’s speech and language skills, physical abilities, hearing, vision, and other important areas of development.
The evaluation team has expertise in working with children, even very young ones, to discover if a child has a problem or is developing within normal ranges of the five developmental areas described previously.
Your local school district will conduct all services. If you are concerned about your child’s development, contact your local Help Me Grow program to find out if he or she is eligible for early intervention services. Eligibility is based on satisfaction of the following criteria:
The following resources offer additional insight and information:
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