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FOR FAMILIES

Children do different things at different ages. Some babies sit without support at six months while others need help until they're nine months old. Some toddlers start talking when they're a year old. Others might take longer to say their first words.

If you're worried about the way your baby or toddler is developing, don't wait! The years from birth to age three are so important. Talk with your child's doctor about your concerns.

The Wisconsin Birth to 3 early intervention program is for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. A federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides a framework for a comprehensive program and coordinates developmental, health and social services within the community. The Department of Health Services oversees the Birth to 3 Program in Wisconsin and has developed rules (DHS 90) that specify the program requirements. There is a Birth to 3 program in every Wisconsin county and every state around the nation.

The Outagamie County Birth to 3 Program has therapists, teachers, social workers, and service coordinators who provide these early intervention services. We are here to help you and your child. Early intervention simply means help - the extra help your child needs now that might make a difference later.

How will the Birth to 3 Program Help?

The earlier a child's developmental delays are discovered, the more opportunities there are for a child to increase skills and abilities. The goal is to help children participate in their communities.

In addition to the skills the child develops, the Outagamie County Birth to 3 Program is committed to providing services in a way that makes sense for each family. This "family centered" program recognizes the importance of parents, family and friends in a young child's life. The early intervention team will provide ideas and techniques to help a family enhance their child's development and learning potential.

You can check the development section of this website to help you determine if your child is on track and meeting developmental milestones. If you feel that your child is not developing as expected, you can make a referral by clicking the button to the right.

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