Early Intervention Diagnostic Center Programs
The following programs are supported by the Early Intervention Diagnostic Center:
Child FIND is a component of IDEA that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals with suspected disabilities, aged birth thru 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. In Michigan, these free educational services are provided to eligible individuals up to age 26. Child Find provides information and resources to the families and community agencies on special education programs and services. Child Find will assist families in obtaining these services by processing referrals with a request for special education evaluations to the appropriate departments within the school district.
Early On is a component of IDEA-Part C that requires a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated interagency system of early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers, birth to age three, who have developmental delays and/or physical disabilities. This component is responsible for the diagnostic evaluation and development of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP’s) that will assist families in obtaining needed services and resources provided by Public Health, Community Mental Health, Education, Social Services, and Medical Agencies. Early On requires that a Service Coordinator be identified to help families coordinate the services outlined in their family plan. If a child is determined eligible for early intervention special education services an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed at the Individual Education Placement Team Meeting (IEPT). With parental consent, infants and toddlers determined ineligible for special education early intervention services are referred to partner agencies for Part C services/service coordination.
The Early Intervention Program provides educational services as required by IDEA-Part B to infants and toddlers (birth to age three) in the home, day care and/or early intervention classroom setting who have been identified as having physical and/or mental impairments. When recommended by the IEPT, the following services are provided by early intervention staff: special education teacher, occupation therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, psychological evaluation, school nurse, student transportation, individual family service plans, and service coordination with outside agencies. Special education early intervention services are provided to eligible infants and toddlers residing in the Metro Detroit area, including Highland Park, Harper Woods, Hamtramck, and Grosse Pointe.