What to Expect After Your Referral to Early Intervention

Your child has been referred for an evaluation, but what comes next? Let's navigate this journey step by step. The first thing you'll want to do is get organized with a notebook and a calendar to keep track of essential contacts and appointments. Here's a glimpse of what to anticipate:

  • Evaluation Appointment: After the referral, expect a call to schedule an evaluation. The results will be discussed in a meeting known as the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting.

  • Service Qualification: If your child qualifies for services, a dedicated Service Coordinator will be assigned to your child.

  • Connecting with Therapists: Following the meeting, you'll await contact from your child's new therapist or infant teacher. This process may take several weeks from start to finish.

  • Understanding Costs and Insurance: Worried about the financial aspect? Early intervention evaluations are typically free, and insurance often covers therapy sessions. Reach out to your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

  • For Children Over Three: If your child is over three, reach out to your local school district for appropriate guidance.

Remember, your Service Coordinator or Pediatrician's office is there to assist you if you need help determining the type of service your child needs or understanding their developmental delays.

Tip: Stay informed and organized throughout this process. Your proactive approach makes a significant difference in your child's journey through early intervention. 🌟👶

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