Early Intervention

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Early Intervention Colorado

“All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It’s our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish.” – Stanley Greenspan, MD – Great Kids 2007 – www.icdl.com

Starpoint currently provides Early Intervention services in Fremont, Custer and Chaffee Counties. Starpoint’s Early Intervention team provides a multidisciplinary team to support children in areas of concern identified by their families. Starpoint’s Early Intervention program provides support and services to children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families from birth until the child’s third birthday. Early Intervention services support families to learn ways to enhance and promote their child’s development within their everyday routines and activities.

Once eligibility for Early Intervention is determined, a Starpoint Service Coordinator will be assigned to meet with you to create an Individualized Family Service Plan, get to know your child’s strengths and needs, and set goals to work towards.  They will also support families with setting up needed supports for the child in the home or by virtual means. 

 

For additional information regarding Early Intervention Services, call 719-320-3487 or email eintervention@starpointco.com.  



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Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education exists in order to provide services and supports to children (ages 3 to 5) with disabilities and delays and their families. We hope to identify these children during the early childhood years because developmentally, these are the most important years. Gains made during this critical window of opportunity last a lifetime. Some children’s disabilities and delays are identified at birth. In these cases, hospital staff at St. Thomas More or other area hospitals connect families to Early Intervention Colorado so family support and therapeutic interventions can begin immediately.

Early Intervention Colorado is available to children under the age of three years. The Coordinator for the Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee areas is located in Canon City. Public schools or BOCES are responsible for children ages three to five years. Some children’s disabilities and delays are not visible at birth but only become apparent as the child develops or are the result of illness or injury.

For parents with a first child, it may be difficult to know for certain whether their child’s development is on schedule or is a bit extraordinary. It is always wise for parents to attend well-child checkups and discuss their child’s development with their child’s health care provider. Examples of such concerns might include delays in speech, crawling or walking, problems in eating, and behavioral issues such as tantrums, excessive fears, or withdrawing from people. Help is available for kids and parents in any of these situations.

Our community also believes all children should be screened for development, vision, and hearing. Our motto is “do your child a favor.” Parents can contact Project ECHO at 719-276-6176 to schedule a free screening of their child’s development, vision, and hearing for children living in Fremont and Custer Counties. Starpoint provides Early Intervention Services for children in Chaffee County.

Early Intervention focuses on supporting families with eligible babies and toddlers who may have a delay or disability. If you have questions about your child’s development, you can contact your local Child Find: 

Buena Vista: 719-395-7029
Salida: 719-530-5375 

We hope families new to the area can be linked into our network as quickly as possible through community awareness about these important services, which are free and available to the general public. The first step is the well-child checkup or the developmental screen. If the initial screening picks up a possible disability or delay, a more in-depth assessment or evaluation is the next step. The evaluation is scheduled by Project ECHO staff, public school staff, or representatives. Based on the results of the evaluation, the next step is a meeting with the parents and the evaluators, which may consist of one or more early childhood special education teachers or therapists and other interested parties.

A plan is the next step. Each plan is completely unique to the child and his or her particular family. It is also comprehensive in that it will address not only the needs of the child but also the needs of the entire family. This plan is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP for kids 0-3) or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP for kids 3-5). Services and supports written in the plan may include:

  • Enrollment in early childhood education or community preschool at no charge to parents
  • Customized special education services such as speech/language, motor, or educational experiences provided individually, in small groups, or in classroom settings
  • Consultation with the daycare or preschool classroom teacher
  • A home-based enrichment program
  • Family support services
  • FIRST STEPS, Parents As Teachers home visits
  • Referral to the behavioral health team
  • Other options developed as needed
Which Community Preschools Participate?
  • SPIN Preschool
  • Fremont County Head Start
  • New Child Montessori
  • Giving Tree
  • Rocky Mountain Children’s Discovery
  • Chaffee County Head Start
How do I know if my child might need special help in preschool?
  • You may have concerns about your child’s speech, language, behavior, movement, learning, vision, or hearing
  • Friends or other family members may be worried
  • Your doctor may refer your child
  • Your child may be referred from a Project ECHO screening
What steps do I take to determine if my child needs special help in preschool?

Step 1: Project ECHO screening or referral
Step 2: Developmental evaluation
Step 3: Planning meeting
Step 4: Choice of community preschool and other services

 What is a Developmental Evaluation? 
  • Parents meet with early childhood professionals and offer information about their child’s development
  • Early childhood professionals will look at how your child talks, moves, uses materials, and interacts.
    • The assessments are completed in a playful format.
    • They take about two hours so that the evaluators get to know you and your child.
    • A snack is included.
    • The assessments will identify things the child can do well, as well as areas of concern.
    • They take place at ACCESS.
    • The participating professionals can also review other evaluations or tests provided by parents.