Are you concerned about your child's development? Worried that your child might have autism? Afraid your child's not keeping up with his peers? The Early Intervention Program (EIP) can help make a difference for children with special needs.
Young children learn and develop differently. One baby may walk earlier than another, while another baby might talk first. Often, these differences will even out. However, some children will need help to grow and develop.
The New York State publication, "Early Help Makes a Difference", is a good reference to help you look for signs at different stages of development, that might suggest that your infant or toddler may not be growing and developing. Remember to talk with your child's pediatrician if you have concerns about your child's development. Here's what you can expect your child to be doing from birth to age three:
At three months of age, most babies:
At six months of age, most babies:
At twelve months of age, most babies:
At 1 1/2 years of age, most babies:
At two years of age, most babies:
At three years of age, most babies:
Early Help Makes a Difference - Developed by NYS Dept. of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention
Where Can Parents Get Help?
Call the Early Intervention Program, Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5094. Support staff will put you in touch with an Initial Service Coordinator who will assist you with the Early Intervention process to determine if your child is eligible for the Early Intervention Program.
What Help is Available?
If your child is found eligible, the Early Intervention Program can provide a variety of therapeutic and support services for you and your infant/toddler with disabilities, including: evaluation services (hearing and vision screening), home visits, speech, physical and other therapies, child development groups, and family counseling. These services are provided at no cost to you.
What Children Need Early Help?
Any child from birth to age three with a developmental delay, disability or condition that affects development may need help. Developmental delays may range from minor delays in speech development to more major delays in children with autism.
Who Do I Call?
Early Intervention Program, Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5094.
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