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CHILD FIND PROGRAM
A component of the Early Intervention Program
A cooperative effort involving:
- You and your baby
- Your local Department of Health
- Your health care provider
- The New York State Department of Health
Child Find is a component of the Early Intervention Program that assures that
children at-risk (birth-3 years) will receive the help needed for the best
growth and development in the early years. Child Find ensures tracking and
screening of children at-risk of developmental delay through ongoing contact
with families and the primary care provider. This program can provide direct
developmental screenings when no other resource is available.
PARTICIPATION IN CHILD FIND IS VOLUNTARY AND AT NO COST TO THE FAMILY.
WHO ARE THE CHILDREN "AT-RISK"?
- Infants born before 33 weeks of gestation (pregnancy).
- Infants born weighing less than 1501 grams (about 3 lbs. 4 oz.)
- Infants who spent 10 days or more in a neonatal or special care unit.
- Newborns who have failed the initial hearing screen and have had no follow-up.
- Other circumstances that place a child at developmental risk.
- Infants whose parents have concerns about their development.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Children learn about the world by looking, touching, tasting, hearing and making sounds.
The first three years are crucial in a child's development. Although each child is an
individual, they still learn to do many things around the same time. For more information
see YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT
DEVELOPING SKILLS INCLUDE:
-addresses babbling, vocalizing, listening and understanding.
-focuses on arm, body/leg movements, rolling over and walking.
-hand and finger movements, grasping toys, eye-hand coordination.
-learning, playing with toys.
-solitary social play, play with others, social smile, peek-a-boo.
This is a brief assessment usually done at 6-month intervals up to age 3.
This assessment looks at all areas of a child's development. It is designed
to identify children who may need a more comprehensive evaluation.
WHO CAN MAKE A REFERRAL?
Any parent or other individual (with parental permission) who has a concern
regarding an infant or toddler's development can make a referral.
If you are worried, unsure, or have questions about
your child's development,
please call (518) 295-8705.