Early On® Genesee County provides free early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to 3 years of age, with developmental delay(s) and/or disabilities. Early On Genesee County also supports parents and families so that they can address the unique needs of their eligible infants and toddlers. Early On’s goal is to enhance your child’s health, development and learning. Additional support services may be available for Flint children, birth to age 5, who are at risk of lead-related developmental delays. Any family, physician or health care provider in Genesee County concerned about the development or health of a child should contact Early On Genesee County at 810-591-KIDS.
Summary of Services
- Dietary Services
- Literacy Coaching
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Service Coordination
- Social Work
- Speech Services
Early Intervention Process
- Step 1: Referral to Early On
- Step 2: Evaluation
- Step 3: Eligibility and Plan
- Step 4: Services
- Step 5: Plan Review
- Step 6: Transition and Exit
a. Referral sources can include physicians, hospitals, parents, child care providers, social services, etc.
b. Reasons for referral can include potential developmental delays, health conditions and exposure to lead.
a. Parental consent is needed prior to evaluation.
b. All areas of development are assessed.
a. If a child is found eligible, a meeting occurs and an initial plan is developed. The plan includes current level of developmental function and family-centered measurable outcomes and services.
b. If a child is found ineligible, the parent is informed in writing.
a. Early intervention services are provided in the child's natural environment.
b. Services are individualized and parental consent is required.
c. A service coordinator acts as a single point of contact for a family.
a. Every six months the plan is reviewed and revised as needed.
b. Plans are reviewed and updated annually to reflect current family needs.
a. Transition planning occur at least 90 days before the child exits out of Early On services.
b. Program options upon exiting Early On are reviewed.
c. Transition steps and services the family may need are addressed.
Nurses help parents understand health conditions as well as connect them to medical, dental and other health and nutrition services offered in the community.
Occupational therapists work with parents, educators and caregivers to support and promote the development of children in everyday routines – like independence in daily habits, educational tasks, motor skills activities, play and social participation.
The main goal of Early On physical therapists is to address physical issues – like sitting up and walking – at an early age to help prevent complications for the child down the road. Following observation, the physical therapist makes suggestions to help the child be successful and safe. Following that, the physical therapist works with service coordinators, teachers, specialists and parents/guardians to decide what is best to assist each child with development.
Social work services for Early On play an integral part in helping parents and families optimize the child’s social-emotional development. Services could include helping parents develop nurturing and responsive relationships with their child.
The Early On Literacy Team works to strengthen the language and literacy skills of children from birth to 5 years of age. Literacy services provide support for family activities that encourage early literacy and school readiness.
Service coordinators are a key link for families. They work with individual families to develop priorities and coordinate services.
The Speech and Language Team works with families to create language-rich environments at home that increase expressive language and communication.
In light of the lead crisis in Flint, access to healthy foods is critically important. Team members work hard to help families increase the amount of calcium, iron and vitamin C in their diets.