The Early Intervention (formerly known as Help Me Grow) program goal is to identify and serve children 2 years old and younger? with developmental delays and disabilities as early as possible. Parents with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their infant or toddler evaluated by an interdisciplinary team at no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of adaptive, cognitive, communicative, physical, and social-emotional development, using appropriate diagnostic tools.
If a child is determined eligible and has an established unmet need, the child and family will be connected with a Core Team of professionals. The Early Intervention team, comprised of a Service Coordinator, a Developmental Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Speech Language Pathologist will assist the family in creating an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). An IFSP is a family-driven document that is meant to be used as a road map for each individual family’s services and identifies the outcomes that a family wants their child to meet. Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities strives to assist families in providing services in the child’s natural environment, such as the home, day care, or other places where the family spends time.