Early Intervention Services
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Perry, Jackson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties


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    As someone who cares about children, you know that no two are exactly the same—

    Usually developmental differences are nothing to worry about, but sometimes they can signal a special need. If you are close to a child, you may be the first person to notice warning signs.

    The earlier a developmental delay or disability is identified, the better the chance that Early Intervention services can help a child reach his or her full potential.

    Warning Signs

    Three Months:
    • Does not smile in response to people
    • Does not follow moving objects with eyes
    • Does not grasp and hold objects
    • Does not coo
    • Poor suck/swallow
    • Dose not try to imitate your sounds by 4 months
    • Does not pay attention to new faces
    • Does not support some weight on feet when held

    Five Months:
    • Does not roll over in either direction
    • Seems impossible to comfort at night
    • Does not smile on own
    • Does not turn head to locate sounds
    • Hands still held in fisted position

    Seven Months:
    • Seems very stiff or very floppy
    • Doesn’t move both sides of body equally
    • Does not actively reach for objects
    • Does not bear weight on legs
    • Doesn’t roll in both directions
    • Does not try to attract attention through actions
    • Shows no interest in peek-a-boo by 8 months
    • Does not turn to look when parent says baby’s name
    • Does not babble

    Twelve Months:
    • Doesn’t respond to simple verbal requests
    • Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada”
    • Not using gestures such as waving/shaking head
    • Doesn’t point to show you something interesting
    • Does not look when parent points out something
    • Does not crawl
    • Doesn’t search for toy dropped off high chair tray
    • Gets up frequently at night-most nights

    Eighteen Months:
    • Cannot walk or consistently walks on toes
    • Does not seem to know the function of common objects (brush, telephone, spoon, broom)
    • Doesn’t use several single words consistently
    • Often sits with legs out to sides in “w” position
    • Extreme difficulty in adjusting to new situations

    Twenty-four Months:
    • Doesn’t use two-word sentences
    • Does not follow simple instructions
    • Cannot push a wheeled toy
    • Does not imitate actions or words or sounds
    • Does not point to eyes, ears, mouth, nose
    • Does not seem to know what a book is for
    • Does not show interest in other children/surroundings

    Thirty Months:
    • Speech not understood by people outside of family
    • Unusually high or low activity level
    • Persistent drooling or constant open mouth posture
    • Little or no involvement in pretend play activities
    • Extreme difficulty separating from parent
    • Limited interest in toys

    Other Considerations:
    • Any loss or regression of skills at any time
    • Birth weight under 5 pounds or any perinatal infection
    • Use of respirator or blood transfusions at birth
    • Frequent ear infections
    • Family history of developmental concerns
    • Particularly small or large for age
    • Awkward or jerky movement patterns/toe walking
    • Not using both sides of body equally
    • Refuses to eat most foods or fussy about textures
    • Very sensitive/severe gag reflex
    • Repetitive behaviors- lining up toys, spinning, flapping
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