Early Intervention

The Early Intervention (formerly known as Help Me Grow) program goal is to identify and serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities as early as possible. Parents with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their infant or toddler evaluated by an interdisciplinary team at no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of adaptive, cognitive, communication, physical, and social-emotional development, using appropriate diagnostic tools.

img_7449If a child is determined eligible and has an established need, the Early Intervention team, comprised of a Service Coordinator and a Developmental Specialist will assist the family in creating an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). An IFSP is a family-driven document that is meant to be used as a road map for each individual family’s services and identifies the outcomes that a family wants their child to meet. Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities strives to assist families in providing services in the child’s natural environment, such as the home, day care, or other places where the family spends time.

How do I get started?

Families and professionals seeking general information should call the Toll-Free Help Me Grow Referral Line at 800.755.4769.   If you are concerned that your child is not meeting developmental milestones, or have received a diagnosis of a developmental delay, please call the Help Me Grow Referral Line or click here to visit their website to learn more.