Contact an early intervention coordinator for more information.
Children with developmental delays or disabilities need extra care and attention. Our early intervention coordinators connect these families with community agencies, services, programs and resources that can help.
Who is eligible?
These services are available to families with children ages birth to 3 years old who have a diagnosed condition, disability or developmental delay or are at risk for developmental delay because of medical or social risk factors.
Why is early intervention important?
The first three years of life are vital to a child’s future growth and development. Early intervention services can help improve a child’s ability to meet developmental milestones and may prevent or decrease the need for special education services later.
What is an early intervention coordinator?
Our early intervention coordinators are specially trained in child and family development, human relations and special education. They work with families in the newborn nursery, NICU, special care nursery and Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital.
Some of their responsibilities include
- Identifying and referring children from birth to 3 years old who meet eligibility criteria for community-based early intervention programs
- Working as a liaison between the hospital and community early intervention agencies to provide a smooth transition based on the family’s needs
- Educating families on the need for and benefits of early intervention
- Providing developmental information and emotional support during your child’s hospital stay
- Following up post-discharge on babies who were in the NICU to help evaluate progress
- Coordinating monthly activities for families of babies in the NICU
- Assisting with the NICU parent newsletter and resource library
How do I connect with an early intervention coordinator?
If your child is younger than 3 and you have concerns about their development while they are in the hospital, please call 704-384-6064 and ask to speak with an early intervention coordinator. If your child is not hospitalized, please contact your local early intervention agency.
If your child is 3 years old or older, please contact your local school system’s exceptional children’s department.