While COVID-19 remains a large concern in our area, we would like to remind local families, healthcare providers, daycares, and school districts that our Birth to Three Program is thriving and available to provide services.
Common concerns for a referral may include delays in one or more areas of development or a diagnosis such as extreme prematurity, Down syndrome, or autism. All areas of development are evaluated, including social/emotional, cognition, communication, self-help, and motor. This allows a whole picture of a child’s abilities. Each child comes with a unique set of experiences, abilities, and needs. When a referral is made, the family should expect a call from a service coordinator to discuss possible concerns. Information such as milestones and strategies are given if an evaluation is not necessary and the family is interested.
We work as a team in our Birth to Three Program and offer services through a primary provider approach. Teachers, coordinators, and therapists generally come into the family’s home and give suggestions and model strategies so they can be the best teacher for their child. Our goal is to empower families and provide suggested activities to strengthen their child’s skills that can be applied in practical daily routines. Keeping the pandemic in mind, we are still able to take referrals and provide services virtually. Our families have truly appreciated this new virtual approach option and many have thrived. We are doing both virtual and in-person visits based on the individual’s needs.
Birth to Three is a voluntary program and families can leave the program any time they wish. We understand our role in intervention is only part of a child’s larger support system. We are committed to keeping physicians informed of their patients’ progress. We work with families, daycares, and caretakers to provide support, which is followed through in their daily routines.
Children may be referred to the program by anyone with concerns regarding a child’s development. Making a referral to our program is easy to do. Simply call or fax us, and we will take it from there! The phone number for Calumet County Human Services is (920) 849-1400, while the fax number is (920) 849-1468.