I Have Concerns About My Child’s Development…

Does your child have trouble with balance and coordination? Does your child struggle to talk or comprehend what others say? Does your child struggle with sounds, touch, eating or sleeping? Is s/he hard to understand? Does your child have trouble holding, picking up or using objects (i.e. crayons, blocks, cups) Does your child have trouble with social interactions?

Identifying delays in development

Identifying delays in early childhood and at the preschool level is important due to the rapid and complex development of children.

School psychologists, speech­ language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists assist in identifying a variety of delays early on so that young children can receive intervention services.

Delays in development may include:

  • Difficulty learning preschool academics (i.e. colors, numbers and letters)
  • Difficulty attending to tasks, socializing with same-aged peers
  • Problems engaging in motor or self-help (i.e. dressing or eating with utensils) skills
  • Difficulty communicating effectively

Evaluating a Child For Delays

Typically, parents, pediatricians and teachers identify when a child’s having difficulty in one or more areas. To initiate the evaluation process contact the county in which they reside (for children from birth to 2 ½ years old) or their school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to initiate the evaluation process.

Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention (EI) Program is publicly funded, at no cost to the family, for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. For your county referral information, please call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.

Preschool Special Education

Preschool Special Education services for children ages 3 to 5 are also available at no cost to the family. To access services, a child must be evaluated to determine eligibility. Preschool services are coordinated by your child’s school district. To request an evaluation for your child, call your local school district, even if your child is not enrolled in school.

An evaluation with a team of professionals trained in the assessment of children will be scheduled at a clinic setting, school or child’s home. The evaluation process includes multiple sources of information, standardized assessment tools, and observations. Because they know their children best, parents play an active role in the assessment process through informal interviews and structured questionnaires.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Support Services?

Soon after a multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted, a meeting will be scheduled to review the child’s strengths and to discuss his/her needs. If the committee determines a child meets the criteria to receive support, then services will be determined including details of therapy (i.e. location, duration, frequency and the provider) and obtainable goals for the child.

We Can Help

To find out more about how Rochester Hearing and Speech Center can help you, or to schedule an appointment, please call 585-271-0680.