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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
CHILD FIND:

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"?


EXAMPLES:
  • 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:
  • Communication -addresses babbling, vocalizing, listening and understanding.
  • Gross Motor -focuses on arm, body/leg movements, rolling over and walking.
  • Fine Motor -hand and finger movements, grasping toys, eye-hand coordination.
  • Problem Solving -learning, playing with toys.
  • Personal/Social -solitary social play, play with others, social smile, peek-a-boo.


DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING 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.