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Part C - Infants & Toddlers Referral Process

Infants and Toddlers Referral and Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Your child and family may be eligible for early intervention services if one of the following criteria is determined during an evaluation:

A delay of 25% or more in one area of development

Atypical development or behavior that puts a child at risk for a delay

A diagnosed condition with a high probability of delay

Referral Process

Step 1: Make a Referral

When there is a concern about a child’s development, a referral can be made by parents, caregivers, physicians, or social service providers. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call 410-778 - 7164. Referrals can also be faxed to 410-778-2896. Please click here for the referral form for the Kent County Infants and Toddlers Program.

Step 2: Participate in an Intake/Screening

Once a referral has been made, a staff member contact the family to complete an intake referral. An intake meeting will be scheduled to determine how ITP can best help based on a child’s needs and parent concerns. The staff member will gather information about the child’s medical and developmental history. If a full-evaluation is warranted, a date will be scheduled and consent forms will be reviewed. The staff member will provide the family with information to prepare for the evaluation. These forms include:

Parental Rights Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

MSDE Documents and Brochures.

Step 3: Participate in a Full Evaluation

Your child will be evaluated in all five developmental domains. Parents are active participants in the evaluation. The evaluation is play-based, which means that Infants and Toddlers staff will use toys and other materials to determine if your child is demonstrating age-appropriate skills and concepts. Because the evaluators may not observe all of a child’s skills during this evaluation, we rely on parent report to supplement direct observations through an interview process. At the end of the evaluation, the evaluators will briefly review their impressions. A second meeting will be scheduled to review the results and assessment data to discuss eligibility.

If the child is eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed by the evaluators and the parents.

Step 4: Participate in an IFSP Meeting

The parent is a valuable team meeting. Input from the parent is valuable information when developing the IFSP. The IFSP is a written document that outlines the following:

· Your child’s present levels of performance and current strengths and needs as determined by the intake and evaluation

· Your family’s priorities, concerns, and resources.

· The outcomes that parents and the Infants and Toddlers staff would like the child to achieve.

· The services needed to achieve the outcomes.

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