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In 1990 the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act required states to develop and implement early intervention programs for infants and children from birth to 3 years of age with disabilities or delayed development. Part C (as it is now known) encourages children that have a 50% deficiency in one or more areas of physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional or adaptive developments to be referred for early intervention services. It has been found with early intervention there is a reduced need for later special need services. There are also specific diagnosed conditions which prequalify children because of the high probability of developmental delays. Once identified by a medical provider or family the child is referred for assessment by a multi-disciplinary team which may include physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and/or developmental specialists, subject to the availability of the area. No child is turned away because of inability to pay, however if insurance is available they will be billed.
Conditions which have a high probability of 50% developmental delays include:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities or genetic conditions associated with severe delays in development such as Downs Syndrome, Prader-Willi, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Turner Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome
  • Syndromes and conditions associated with severe delays in development such as fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Neurological disorders such as: Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Hydrocephaly, Spina Bifida, Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL), Complex Seizure Disorder, CNS Degenerative Disorder
  • Sensory conditions or disorders that result in significant or progressive vision and hearing impairments and which interfere with the child’s ability to respond effectively to environmental stimuli
  • Congenital infections such as: Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Toxoplasmosis, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or HIV positive
  • Chronic illness or progressive conditions which severely limit learning and development such as Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), tracheostomies, arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Congenital Heart Disease
  • Psychosocial disorders such as: Reactive Attachment Disorder, Infant Autism, Childhood Schizophrenia
  • Atypical growth patterns consistent with a prognosis of significant developmental delay based on professional judgment
  • Maternal conditions that result in severe delays in the child, such as uncontrolled maternal PKU
  • In 2004 children held in state custody were added to the mix of qualified children.

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