First Steps EIP is a program that matches the unique needs of infants and toddlers who have developmental delays, or a birth condition that could cause a developmental delay, with Early Intervention services and resources within the community.
If you have a child that is under three years old, First Steps may provide developmental services and other resources to help your child meet his or her maximum potential. Services provided include (but are not limited to): screenings, evaluations and assessments, Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Early Intervention services, and transition plans to preschool services under Part B of IDEA, or other programs.
Two or more qualified professionals in separate disciplines administer two evaluation tools, one of which is a standardized instrument, to determine a child's initial and ongoing eligibility for early intervention services.
The ongoing procedures used by qualified, multidisciplinary personnel to identify the child's unique strengths and needs and the services appropriate to meet those needs.
Active and ongoing coordination of services for infants, toddlers with potential developmental delays and their families. Services include, but are not limited to:
A written plan under Part C of IDEA for providing early intervention services to an infant or toddler with a disability and to the infant's or toddler's family.
Protections for infants and toddlers and their families eligible under Part C of IDEA, which include confidentiality of and access to records, parental consent and notice, dispute resolution options, and the appointment of a surrogate parent when needed.
To be eligible for early intervention services through the First Steps Early Intervention Program, a child must meet the criteria in at least one of the following categories:
These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Clinical opinion may be used by qualified professionals to determine the initial and continuing eligibility if the child's evaluation and assessment results do not meet the criteria for developmental delay, and the child does not have a diagnosis that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.
To learn more about First Steps and to find out whether you are eligible, contact your local health office, or call (601) 576-7427 in the Jackson area, or call toll-free 1-800-451-3903.
To contact a district coordinator, see our list of Early Intervention District Coordinators.
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|Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood||http://www.dec-sped.org|
|Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center||http://ectacenter.org|
|Early Childhood Outcomes Center||http://ectacenter.org/eco|
|Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute||http://www.puckett.org|
|PACER Center, Champions for Children with Disabilities||http://www.PACER.org|
|U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education||http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/|
|Coaching in Early Childhood||http://www.coachinginearlychildhood.org|
|Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services||http://tactics.fsu.edu|
|Transition Processes: Tools and Needs Assessments||http://www.ectacenter.org/topics/transition/osep.asp|
|your local health office||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html|
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