Early Intervention (Birth to three years)
The Jordan Child Development Center is one of fifteen Early Intervention Programs in Utah, contracted with the Utah Department of Health’s Baby Watch Program, Utah’s designated lead agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part C. The Jordan Child Development Center program provides services to families with infants or toddlers, under the age of 3, with developmental delays, disabilities, or diagnosed conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental delays.
What does Early Intervention Offer?
- A full assessment of a child’s current health and development status.
- Service coordination among providers, programs and agencies.
- Strategies to build on family concerns, priorities, & resources (CPR).
- Developmental services: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy, special education, etc.
- Services directed towards a specific disability/health condition, such as autism, sensory integration, feeding & swallowing.
These services are provided through the coordinated effort of parents, community agencies, and a variety of professionals. Places where services are provided include the Jordan Child Development Center, homes, and community settings such as child care.
What are Early Intervention Services?
After the child has been determined eligible, the parents and a team of people will develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan will describe the child’s strengths and needs as well as the families concerns and priorities for their child. It will also detail what services and supports need to be provided including their location and frequency. Federal and State laws require that certain types of early intervention services be available through the Utah Baby Watch Early Intervention Program. Services that must be provided by Baby Watch Early Intervention are listed in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C.
- Early intervention services that may be included on an IFSP are:
- Assistive technology devices
- Audiological services
- Communication services
- Family training, counseling, and home visits
- Health services necessary to benefit from other early intervention services
- Nursing services (for developmental purposes)
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological services
- Service coordination
- Special instruction
- Transportation necessary to receive early intervention services
- Vision and mobility services
- Family support groups and parent-to-parent support
- In most cases, services are delivered in settings that are natural for that child, including the family home, child care settings, and other places where children usually spend time.