Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. To be enrolled in Early Steps, your child must first be found eligible. Through our screening processes, we will be able to find out if your child has significant delays or an established medical condition that will likely result in a delay.
To determine if your child is eligible, he or she will be evaluated in the following areas:
◦Physical: health, hearing, vision
◦Cognitive: thinking, learning, problem solving
◦Gross & fine motor skills: moving, walking, grasping, and coordination
◦Communication: babbling, languages, speech, conversation
◦Social/emotional: playing and interacting with others
◦Adaptive development: self-help skills, (i.e. feeding, toileting, dressing)
Once your child is determined eligible, Early Steps will put together a team of service providers to address your child's needs. This team will develop the (IFSP) based on family/caregivers outcomes and goals.
Services are provided during your child's daily activities so that natural learning opportunities are maximized while still meeting your child's everyday needs.
The goal is for the family to receive strong support from one person, provide a comprehensive team of professionals from beginning to end, and for the family to have fewer appointments and more time to be a “family.”