LIMA — Family and Children First Council Executive Director Jennie Horner received authorization Tuesday from the Allen County commissioners to apply for about $190,000 from the Ohio Department of Health for a Help Me Grow Intervention grant to cover services in state fiscal year 2015.
Horner said the goal is to identify areas of delay and enroll them in proper programming to enhance their success when they enroll in school.
The Early Intervention system aims to identify and serve children from birth to age 3 with developmental delays and disabilities as provided under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA.
Horner said the local Help Me Grow program communicates with parents, doctors, hospitals, child care providers and other community agencies to identify children with existing developmental delays, or those with medical diagnoses with a high probability of delay.
Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have an infant or toddler evaluated by an team at absolutely no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of adaptive, cognitive, communication, physical, and social and emotional development.
Families enrolled in the Early Intervention program receive numerous services depending on the specific needs of their child including nutrition services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, speech-language pathology and audiology services, vision services and social work services.