If you think your child might have a developmental delay, you should see if they qualify for EarlySteps.
If you're worried about your child's development for any reason, you should start the process!
The first step is to call your region's EarlySteps System Points of Entry (SPOE) Office.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to download a list of all the SPOE offices.
It's also helpful to talk to your child's doctor or daycare provider. They may also call to refer your child to EarlySteps.
Your doctor may say "Don't Worry, let's see how it goes."
But if you are still worried, call EarlySteps anyway.
Getting services sooner is always better!
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To get started, you need to contact your region's office that handles EarlySteps.
These offices are called the EarlySteps System Points of Entry (SPOE).
What you can do:
Call your region's SPOE.
Tell them you want to see if your child can qualify for EarlySteps.
Sometimes a doctor or other person might refer your child to EarlySteps. If this happens, the program will contact you by phone or in person.
When you call, have this information ready:
Telephone numbers (work and home)
Date of Birth
Other physicians/agencies/services involved
Reason for referral
What happens next? The EarlySteps program will schedule an Intake visit.
After you connect with EarlySteps, they will do an intake to see if your child qualifies.
If they do, the next step is to have a meeting and create an Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP.
We'll tell you more about the IFSP in a later section.
Source: LDH, OCDD