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It Takes a Village… Reaching Developmental Milestones

The thought of parenting can be overwhelming… then when that little baby make his or her appearance all the self-doubt and “what-ifs” can have you second-guessing yourself. Trust us, you are not alone. Every parent at one point or another feels as though they are just “floating” by when it comes to making the right decisions for their children.

The quote “It take a village to raise a child,” is true. You don’t have to go it alone. Reaching out to local resources, you can learn the proper steps to help you become a confident parent. Organizations provide home visits, coaching and and information needed to make sure are prepared when your new baby arrives.

In home screenings can provide a variety of benefits for you and your child.

  • child development screenings: walking talking, playing, seeing, hearing

  • information on child development & activities to help your children grow and meet

  • developmental milestone

  • parenting tips

  • community referrals

  • assistance with transition a child into a preschool program – if age appropriate

What happens if your child isn’t meeting their developmental milestones? Early intervention programs can help infants to toddlers up to age 3 who are demonstrating developmental delays, who may have a disability or medical condition which could potentially cause a delay or disability. Service Coordinators can meet with you and your child to provide an evaluation, assessment and develop an Individualized Family Service Plan to help you and your child meet designed outcomes. Services available may include:

  • Nutrition services

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physical therapy

  • Psychological services

  • Speech-language pathology and audiology services

  • Vision services

  • Developmental screenings, evaluations and ongoing assessments

  • Assistive Technology

  • Social Work services

  • Other specialized services facilitated by the family’s Service Coordinator

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities partners with programs such as the Help Me Grow of Allen County program to provide in home visits, early intervention programs and more. To learn how you can help your child get the right start in life, contact us at 419-221-0014 ext.5149.


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