Supports for Children


EARLY INTERVENTION (birth up to age 3)
The Noble County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides Early Intervention to families of children from birth up to the age of three. Early Intervention is designed to help families help their children learn and grow. Eligibility is determined from the results of evaluations and assessments completed by you and your team members.

Once a child is determined eligible, a team supports the family and helps with developmental concerns such as:

  • o how your child learns
    o how your child lets you know his wants and needs
    o how your child interacts with others
    o how your child moves and uses his hands
    o how your child uses everyday skills


Supports
A service coordinator will guide your family’s early intervention journey, helping you locate resources in your community and developing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). A development specialist, who has expertise in many areas of child development, may be able to offer real life strategies to help you support your child as he learns and grows. These services, along with eligibility evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost to your family.

There may be a fee for some supports that can include, but are not limited to:

  • • Occupational therapy
    • Speech language pathology
    • Physical therapy


Your health insurance may cover the cost of these supports.
Your family and your service coordinator along with a developmental specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech/language pathologist form a core team.

Primary Service Provider (PSP)
Based upon the needs of your family and child, one person from the core team of professionals will be chosen to work with you. This person is the Primary Service Provider (PSP). The PSP visits regularly and helps you develop a plan based upon your concerns and priorities about your child’s development.

You know your child best. We help you by sharing information and tips that you can use to help your child during everyday routines in your home. As needed, your PSP will share information with the other team members and return with ideas for you to try. This means one specialist is in your home, but all team members are available to help.


Outcomes
Outcomes are simply statements about what you would like to see your child do during everyday activities. For example, if your son struggles moving from the couch to his toys, the statement may read, “Johnny will walk from the couch to his toy during playtime.”
Children need lots of practice to gain new skills and practice happens during natural times of the day in familiar places and during typical activities, like playing, eating, and bathing.
Using everyday activities to build your child’s skills can be easier for you, because you don’t have to schedule a special time to do it.

Referrals
Parents, physicians, nurses, social workers, child care staff, extended family, friends, neighbors, or other community members that have a concern about a child’s development can call the local Help Me Grow Central Coordination office to refer a child for early intervention.

To make a referral to Help Me Grow Early Intervention in Noble County call toll free 800-23-NOBLE or 740-732-4958.

For more information regarding early intervention supports, call Developmental Specialist Peggy Malcomb at 740-732-7144.