As you watch your child grow, you may become concerned about your child’s development. While all young children grow and change at their own rate, sometimes you may have concerns that your child is developing differently than other children the same age as your child.
Here are a few resources:
- Early Intervention services are provided to young children who have or are at risk for disabilities or special needs. Services for children age Birth to three (or "Zero to 3") are generally comprehensive and family-based, ranging from speech and occupational therapy to general intervention and instruction.
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are offered to children who qualify. Children who qualify for special education in the area of 3-5 have different program options including placement in GSL School Readiness Preschool or in a self-contained classroom. Placement is determined by the IEP team, which includes parents, and is based on individual needs of each student.
- Minnesota Help Me Grow provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.
- Minnesota´s Follow Along Program can help you track your child's development and let you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and behaving like other children the same age.