About EarlySteps

EarlySteps is a program for kids age 0-3 who need to catch up on some of the skills kids their age should have.

It gives them important services that will help them later on.

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EarlySteps
is Louisiana's name for a program called
Early Intervention, which is offered in all states.

 

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What does EarlySteps do? 

  • Helps families with children from 0-3 years old who have developmental delays

  • Offers services that help them practice skills through play, and "catch up"

  • Comes through the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). Services are free or low cost, depending on your income. (We'll talk more about cost in the slides ahead.)


Icon of a child holding a ballIf kids get this focused play at an early age, they are more likely to catch up in their development. The earlier the better!

 

EarlySteps can help when kids have delays in any of these areas:

  • Physical: using their body to do things like nurse, roll over, sit up, walk, grab things, see or hear

  • Cognitive: thinking and learning, recognizing familiar things, learning routines

  • Communication: understanding what you say, pointing at things they want, babbling, speaking

  • Social and Emotional: forming attachments to family and caregivers, playing with others, managing emotions

  • Adaptive: self-help skills like eating , dressing or using the bathroom

For example, if your child is not learning to say words when most of their friends are, they may have a speech delay. This is very common.

Your EarlySteps program could have a speech therapist come to your home every week to work with you and your child. They would help you learn how to play in a way that helps your child practice the skills they need to catch up and learn to talk.

Here are some examples of the services:

  • Home visits

  • Physical

  • Speech

  • OT

  • Special instruction

Sources: Early Intervention Specialists, LDH

Here's what you can do:

  • Call your regional office that handles EarlySteps. These offices are called the EarlySteps System Points of Entry (SPOE).

  • If your child is less than 3, they might be able to enroll and get these services until they are 3.

  • If your child is already about 2 and a half, there might not be time to enroll in EarlySteps, but you should call anyway. They can help you get started with school-based services.

  • See our other Guide: "How to Get Started with EarlySteps".

 

Source: LDH

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