Early Intervention is an integrated system of services and supports designed to help families with children between birth and five years of age who have been identified or are at risk of developmental delay. The mission of Friendship Community Care’s Early Intervention Program is to enrich the lives for children with developmental delays and their families by providing an appropriate variety of profession intervention. These services educate and empower families to recognize their child’s challenges, develop his/her capabilities and achieve their greatest potential.
Qualifying conditions for Early Intervention services include, physical disability, hearing or vision loss, physical or mental conditions which have a high probabilty for developmental delays, or a specialist’s determination that there is a delay. Children may also be eligible for follow-up screening and tracking if they meet one of the following criteria: their birth weight was under 3 ½ pounds, they received care in a neonatal intensive care unit, were born to a chemically dependent mother, were seriously neglected or abused, or they have dangerous levels of lead posioning. Friendship also specializes in services for children born with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other conditions that interfere with typical growth and development. To see if your child qualifies for any of Friendship’s early intervention services, please contact our administrative offices.
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