Early Intervention services are available to children ages birth to three years old who have developmental concerns. These are home- and community-based services and are provided at no cost to the family.
Services and supports are provided to families with infants and toddlers to maximize the child's developmental potential and can assist the family in helping the child develop and grow. Service planning and service delivery is focused on meeting the unique needs of the child and family. SAM's Service Coordination is founded on a partnership between families and early intervention personnel.
If you are at all concerned about your child's development, talk to your child's pediatrician AND check the site list on this webpage to see if SAM provides EI Service Coordination in your county. If so, click on the appropriate site to find contact information for a SAM site in your area.
When you call a Service Coordinator will schedule a meeting with you to discuss Early Intervention services in detail and begin the process for getting your child involved with the program.
The Service Coordinator will then set up a developmental evaluation that will help determine eligibility and your child's unique needs. If the evaluation results show that your child is eligible, the evaluation team will develop an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) that will address the families concerns, priorities, and outcomes. The IFSP will build upon your family's routines & activities that are most important to you. The Service Coordinator will complete necessary referrals for you to begin receiving Early Intervention Services.
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