If you have concerns about your child's progress you may be wondering what to do, who to contact, and when to get help?
- It is a good idea to look at a Developmental Checklist (pdf) like the one from Early Childhood Directions Center. Keep in mind that all children develop at different rates and that checklists indicate the typical time frames for skill attainment. Looking for Developmental Red Flags can be very helpful in terms of helping you decide when it is time to get help.
- If you have concerns that your child may be showing signs of Autism check out the Red Flags of Autism link
- It is very important that whenever a parent suspects that there may be developmental delays or red flags that you go through a referral process to ensure that your child gets the help he or she needs. Doctors used to take a "wait and see" approach, but today it is clear that early intervention is the key to the greatest possible outcomes for children with such issues.
- Often, pediatrician's can be helpful in determining whether it is appropriate to make a referral for further evaluation.
We can help you through the Process
Call and ask for our Early Intervention Coordinator at (716) 592-9331
- Birth - 2 years of age Referrals are made through your home county's Early Intervention Program. Call us at (716) 592-9331 and we will help guide you through the process. Phone numbers and web site links are provided below.
- 3 - 4 years of age Referrals are made through your local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Call us at (716) 592-9331 and we will help guide you through the process.
- 5 - 8 years of age Referrals are made through your local school district Committee on Special Education (CSE). Call us at (716) 592-9331 and we will help guide you through the process.