Early Intervention

How Do I Know If My Child May Benefit From Early Intervention Services?

The early years are important to a child’s development and no two children develop at the same rate. Help is available to all eligible children ages 3 to 5 years old through the public school early intervention preschool programs.

There are age ranges at which children should be able to do certain tasks. Some of these are as follows:

Three Years

  • Responds to simple directions
  • Is potty trained
  • Jumps in place
  • Points to 3 Colors
  • Draws a circle
  • Runs

Four Years

  • Counts four objects
  • Independent on stairs
  • Names four basic colors
  • Knows age and full name
  • Plays with other children
  • Tells a story
  • Completes simple puzzles

Five Years

  • Carries on a conversation
  • Recites the alphabet
  • Uses scissors
  • Recognizes own printed name
  • Dresses self
  • Bounces and catches large ball

If I Think My Child May Have Developmental Delays, What Should I Do?

If your child is approaching three years or older, contact New Albany-Floyd County Schools, Early Learning Center
(812 542-5506) to request an educational evaluation.

If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for other early intervention programs. For more information, contact First Steps, 1-800-941-2450

What Determines Eligibility For Preschool Intervention?

An abilities assessment will be performed by the NAFCS Early Intervention Specialists.
Following this assessment, a Case Conference Committee that includes parents, a school representative, and an early intervention specialist will work together to determine if your child is eligible for an early intervention preschool program. The following are disabling conditions for eligibility:

  • Developmental Delay For preschool students only, delay (s) in one or more developmental areas.
  • Language or Speech Impairment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment – A physical impairment affecting mobility.
  • Other Health Impairment Manifested by limited strength, vitality or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems.
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury – Injury to the brain resulting in total or partial disability that adversely affects a student’s educational performance.

What Services Will Be Provided By Public Schools?

Following the Case Conference where the Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed, the following services may be available with appropriate eligibility:

    • Early Intervention Programs
    • Speech and Language therapy
    • Occupational and Physical therapy
    • Other available services: nurse, vision and hearing specialist

What Programs Are Available Through The Public School System?

Following the development of the IEP, with consideration to the least restrictive environment, services may be provided in one of the following settings:

    • Intensive intervention classrooms located at the Early Learning Center
    • Collaboration with Floyd County Head Start
    • Regular education preschool classrooms
    • Walk-in Speech Therapy program