Information for Parents
 

Kids Can Do
the Darndest Things,
If They Only Get A Chance


 


The term "developmental delay" is often used to describe a child who does not seem to be developing or maturing at "normal" rates.  Often, there is not one certain cause of developmental delays.  Regardless of the reason, developmental delay is a frequent cause of parental worry.  Parents are often told "He'll grow out of it" or "She'll catch up, just give her time"

Yet, parental intuition tells them that something is not right.  They know the problem is real.  It is therefore important for parents to trust their instincts and seek help whenever they are concerned.  The difference between a developmentally delayed child and their normal peers widens as the child gets older.  Therefore parents need to act quickly to provide their child with the necessary programs to minimize this gap.

If you suspect that your child may have a problem, talk with your pediatrician and contact your local First Steps System Point of Entry (SPOE).

Remember, the earlier parents recognize that their child may have a special need and seek professional advice, the greater the chance that the child can be helped to overcome the problem.

FAMILY NEWSLETTER:

Lake Co. Family Links Newsletter 
FALL 2008

Laporte Co. Family Links Newsletter
FALL 2008

Porter Co. Family Links Newsletter
FALL 2008
Newton & Jasper Co. Family Links Newsletter
FALL 2008
   

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You will receive Family Newsletters, upcoming FS events as well as local community events that may be happening in your area. 

It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1.  Visit the Contact Us page or send us an email at council@nwifs.org

2.  Provide your Family Name, Child's Name, DOB, County of Residence & Zip Code

3.  You will receive a confirmation email that you are added to the Family List!

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Help keep track of your child's development. 
Use these developmental milestones to understand how your child is growing & developing.

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

 

 
** For additional information on how the First Steps System works, please visit the "Eligibility & Services" page of this site.  There you will find informaiton on what services are available as well as the enrollment process.
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FAMILY HANDBOOK : A source for detailed information on theFirst Steps System.  There you will find information on eligibility, plan development, your IFSP, transition and much, much more. 

DESCRIPTION OF FIRST STEPS PROVIDERS :  Descriptions of the various professionals in early intervention and what their area of specialization is. 

SELECTING A PROVIDER :  A guide to assist with your selection of First Steps providers.

ALPAHBET SOUP :  A breakdown of the abbreviations of termanolgy used throughout the First Steps process. 
 

Family Usefeul Links 

American Academy of Pediatrics

ASK (About Special Kids)

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)

Family 2 Family

Family Help Line

Hoosier Healthwise

IN First Steps - State Site

Indiana School for the Deaf

Indiana's Home & Community Based Waiver Information

Indiana Medicaid Support Waiver Booklet

Indiana State Department of Education Division of Exceptional Learners

Mental Health Association of Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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