Early Childhood

Early Intervention is part of the Early Childhood department of Developmental Disabilities of Clark County. We provide services for children from birth through two years of age. We also have Service and Support Administrators who work with kids age three to five.

Our commitment is to provide quality services for your child and family. We partner with you to promote your child’s participation in daily activities. Parent involvement is crucial in all aspects of the child’s success.

Our team is made up of service coordinators, developmental specialists, a speech pathologist, a physical therapist, and an occupational therapist. Each team member has training and experience working with children who have a variety of needs, including hearing and vision loss, Autism, language delays, Down syndrome, limited mobility and more. We will help build your family’s capacity to care for your child and promote his/her growth and development in natural environments.

Our program is highly effective, with about 50% of the children receiving our services no longer needing them upon entering preschool. Early Childhood is funded by the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County levy and the State’s early intervention program.

Services

Once your child has been referred to our program, he/she will be assigned a Service Coordinator who will guide you through the process, arrange evaluations, services, and meetings. The Service Coordinator will also document your child’s goals on an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Your child will also be assigned a Developmental Specialist (DS). DS’s are trained in all areas of child development. They are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Your DS will complete an assessment of your child to determine developmental needs and outcomes to work on collaboratively. Your DS will also provide personalized coaching in your child’s natural environment, (home, day-care, community, etc.) to help your child reach his/her full potential.

Ages Birth-2

Children from birth through age 2 with a diagnosed disability, a condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay, or who demonstrate a delay in at least one area of development listed above may be eligible for Early Intervention services.  Early Intervention provides quality services that are proven effective in helping children achieve developmental milestones.

Ages 3-5

Children age 3 to 5 must have documentation of at least two developmental delays to be eligible for our services.  Children in this age group are transitioning to school-age and your local school district becomes the main provider for your child.  If the eligibility criteria is met, children are assigned a Service & Support Administrator (SSA) who will assist you in planning for and finding resources to aid your child, as well as support you in navigating the education system.

Eligibility

A child age birth through 2 is eligible for services if he/she has a diagnosed disability, a physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay, or a delay in one of the following areas:

  • Large Muscle Movement (rolling, crawling, walking)
  • Small Muscle Movement (holding a bottle, rattle, toys)
  • Speech and Language Skills (feeding, understanding others, saying words)
  • Cognitive Skills (thinking and learning, how your child plays with/interacts with toys and environment)

To see if your child qualifies for Early Intervention call 937-328-2680. (FORM)

Click for Information about Eligibility for ages 3 and up.

Paying for Services

Early Intervention services are funded through Federal and State grants and the generosity of our community through the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy.  We adhere to Ohio’s System of Payments rule for Early Intervention services, the majority of which are provided at no cost.

Local school districts are required by law to provide free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities age 3 to 21. An appropriate education may be accompanied by related services such as speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, psychological counseling, and medical diagnostic services necessary to the child’s education.

If a child requires services that are not provided through Early Intervention or the school, some funding may be available through Medicaid or the Family Needs Assistance program (FNA).  Contact your Developmental Specialist or Service & Support Administrator for help in applying for this funding.

Resources

The links below are for informational purposes, are not all-inclusive, and do not indicate endorsement by Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.

Kids
Abiltypaths.org : Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs
529 Plans
10 Tips for Selecting Toys for Your Speech Delayed Child
American Academy of Audiology – Resources for Kids & Teens-Learning Disabilities Association of America
Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs
Bridges to Transition OACB Login in
Clark County Family & Children First
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program – Medicaid’s child health component, available to any child in Ohio with a Medicaid Card, including children on Ohio’s Home Care, Transitions, IO and Level 1 Waivers
Flying with Children who have Autism
Homeschooling and Children with Special Needs
Learning Disabilities Association of America Ohio Medicaid’s main page
Medicaid Buy-In program American Academy of Audiology: for kids and young adults
Ocali – very good resources for families who have a child with autism
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Ohio Early Intervention
Ohio Family and Children First
Resource Guide for families with young children – provided by the Clark County Children and Family Collaborative
Routines and Children with Disabilities
Strive 10 tips for selecting toys for speech delayed child
Teaching Students with Special Needs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Autism information – information regarding screening/diagnosis, treatments, causes and risks
Providers of DD Services
Consumer Support Services
Champaign Residential Services
Choices in Community Living
Downsize Farms
Goodwill Easter Seals
Independent Living of Ohio
Provider Search
Quest Adult Services
Recreation Unlimited – year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities
RMS
Self-Reliance
TAC
The Ability Builders 
Toward Independence
United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton (URS)
General Resources
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Ovation hearing: Rights for those with hearing loss
Catholic Charities & Second Harvest Foodbank
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Disabled Travelers – information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel
Hearing Loss Association of America
Home Accessibility
Home Accessibility Costs
Hearing Loss Association of America
OBI – robotic feeding device that allows people of all ages to eat independently and be active participants in social mealtimes
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Online Directory of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
A Safety Guide for Pedestrians who have Disabilities
Sibling Support Project – A national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns
Specs for Us-Superior Precision Eyewear for Children who are Special. (Adults and Infants too!)
Special Olympics – Clark County, Ohio
STABLE Accounts
Streaming Television Solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The ARC of Ohio
Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Community Resources
Housing Connections
Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association
Miami Valley Special Education Regional Resource Center
Disability Rights Ohio
Disability.gov – disability-related information and resources
Disability.gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers Link not working 9/17/19
Adults
Career Assistance for People who are Deaf and Hearing Impaired Bad link
College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD  page under construction 9/17/19
Golden Buckeye Card
A Guide for Homebuyers who have Disabilities
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Wrong link. Right one: https://ood.ohio.gov/ 
Project SEARCH
United Senior Services
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