Once you have sought early help at 1-888-653-4463, a service coordinator will talk with you about your concerns. If it is determined that there is a need during this discussion, an intake will be completed, and information will be obtained by the Service Coordinator with family agreement. The service coordinator will work with the family to schedule and obtain consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation/assessment of the child’s developmental levels and needs. Evaluation and assessment services are provided at public expense with no cost to parents. If found eligible for services, costs may be incurred by the family on a sliding scale (i.e. fee determined by family’s overall total income).
What is an evaluation?
An evaluation is the process of gathering information about the child to see how he or she is developing and is used to determine eligibility for early intervention services. The evaluation is conducted by qualified professionals, in conjunction with the family, and provides information in several developmental areas such as communicating, feeding, behavior, walking/movement, vision, and hearing. The evaluation also assists in defining the types and levels of services needed by the child and family. Written parent consent is needed before the evaluation can begin.