Children change and grow at their own pace. Sometimes, children can experience delays in their development. If you are concerned that your child has a delay, contact the Office of Early Intervention to start the evaluation process. The evaluation is completed by an independent team of professionals free of charge to the child’s family.
INTAKE AND ELIGIBILITY
Children from birth to age 3 living in Montgomery County are eligible to receive services depending upon results from the evaluation. If your child is 33 months to school age, contact the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.
From initial contact with the Office of Early Intervention, it could take up to 45 days for your child to be evaluated. During the appointment, the team will evaluate your child in five key areas:
Language and Speech Development
Social and Emotional Development
Adaptive (Self-Help) Development
If the findings of the evaluation team show that your child has at least a 25% delay in any of these five key areas, he/she is eligible for Early Intervention services. Eligibility for Early Intervention services is not based on the financial status of a child or family, and are only based on the findings of the evaluation.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH EARLY INTERVENTION COORDINATION
Service coordination is the link between the system of services and supports and the children and families who need help. If a child is eligible for early intervention supports, a Service Coordinator will begin working with that child and family immediately.
The Service Coordinator gathers information and works with the family, providers and evaluation team to develop goals and outcomes that are important to the development of the child and the child's family. The information and goals are compiled into a comprehensive document called the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This is the guiding document of the child's journey through the early intervention system and it details all of the services and support the child will receive. In Montgomery County, service coordination is provided by employees who are knowledgeable and committed to the core principles of early intervention and are invested in helping the children and families of Montgomery County.