Parents often wonder what to expect when it comes to their child’s development
Babies and toddlers grow and develop at their own pace, but there are certain activities – such as smiling for the first time, standing and taking their first steps – that your child should be able to do once they reach specific ages. These skills are called developmental milestones. If you’re worried your child is not developing these skills on time, Early Steps can help.
Children can be referred to Early Steps in various ways. Referrals can be submitted by anyone involved in the care of the child, including parents/caregivers and physicians. To be enrolled in Early Steps, your child must first be found eligible.
In addition to the eligibility criteria below, children with certain documented physical or mental at-risk conditions are also eligible for a limited scope of services.
Genetic and Metabolic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Severe Attachment Disorder
Sensory Impairment (Vision/Hearing)
Infants who weigh less than 1,200 grams at birth
Physical: Health, hearing, vision
Cognitive: Thinking, learning, problem solving
Gross and Fine Motor Skills: Moving, walking, grasping, coordination
Communication: Babbling, languages, speech, conversation
Social and Emotional: Playing and interacting with others
Adaptive Development: Self-help skills (feeding, toileting, dressing)
If your child is determined eligible, Early Steps will put together a team to address your child’s needs and develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP team includes the family, service coordinator and at least two professionals from two different disciplines that have been or are currently involved in the assessment and provision of the child’s services. Specialists are also available to address the child’s individualized needs.