• Infants and Toddlers Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Infants and Toddlers Program Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I make a referral?

    To refer a child to Prince George’s County Infants and Toddlers Program  call 301 925-6627.

    Who is eligible?

    A comprehensive evaluation process has been designed to determine individual strengths and needs so an appropriate individualized education plan can be developed. To be eligible for to Prince George’s County Infants and Toddlers Program, an infant or toddler under the age of three can either have a delay in one or more areas of their development, or be at risk of possibly having delays in the future.

    A child may have delays in one or more of the following areas:

    Cognitive - thinking and learning

    Physical - moving, seeing and hearing

    Social/emotional - feeling, coping, getting along with others

    Adaptive - doing things for him/herself

    Communication - understanding and communicating with others

    A child may have risk factors such as: premature birth, low birth weight at birth, medical conditions typically associated with a developmental delay

    What is an IFSP?

    An IFSP is a plan of services individualized for each child and family. A team of professionals and the child’s parents develop the IFSP. The IFSP is a written plan that describes:

    The child’s abilities and needs

    Services for the child and family

    Family outcomes related to the child’s needs

    Goals and objectives reflecting both the child’s developmental needs

    What kinds of services are available?

    A variety of early intervention services and therapies are available through the Infants and Toddlers Program.  The most commonly used services include education services, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, and service coordination. A primary provider will coach and work side-by-side with you to find ways to help your child practice skills every day in your home, child care center, or in other community places.

    Where are services located?

    Research shows that infants and toddlers learn best through natural routines and everyday learning opportunities that occur in the child's home, community, and childcare settings. Based on the unique needs of the child, the Infant Toddler Program assigns a primary provider to support the child's learning and development. Family members or caregivers are shown strategies for teaching the child in situations where and when a skill is used.

    Who pays for early intervention services?

    Services are provided at no cost to families.