Consider the excitement and planning that a new baby brings! Together, family members anticipate the birth of the child and plan how best to meet his or her needs. When the new baby has a special need, though, families may require assistance in planning how to best care for their newest member. Assistance is available from Alabama's Early Intervention System, a statewide system of resource access, support, and appropriate services.
A division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Early Intervention provides supports and services for infants and toddlers birth through age 2 (0 to 36 months of age) who have a medical diagnosis that can delay normal development or who have a developmental delay causing the child to not meet developmental milestones. Early intervention supports and services focus on teaching the parents and other caregivers ways to help the child learn and participate in everyday activities.
If you are concerned about your child's development, call the statewide, toll-free Early Intervention Child Find number, 1-800-543-3098 (or TTY 800-499-1816). Spanish-speaking families may call 1-866-450-2838.
To be eligible for services, a child must be between birth and age 3 and experiencing at least a 25 percent delay in one or more of the five developmental areas – communication, physical (including vision and hearing), adaptive, cognitive and social/emotional.
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