The Infant and Toddler Connection of Henrico, Charles City and New Kent (ITC of Henrico Area) is located at the Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services Woodman Road office. The ITC of Henrico Area provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child’s participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Eligibility determination is the process by which our multidisciplinary team reviews medical reports, results from a developmental screening tool, parent report, observation summaries, and assessment reports, if available, to determine whether or not a child meets the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia eligibility criteria. Assessments areconducted as part of the eligibility determination process only if a child’s eligibility is uncertain based on existing information, and those assessments then become part of the information used by the multidisciplinary team to determine eligibility.
Infants and toddlers, birth to three years old, and their families are eligible for our services if the multidisciplinary team determines, based on medical or other records or through the practices described in this chapter, that the child meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Developmental Delay – Children who are functioning at least 25% below their chronological or adjusted age in one or more of the following areas:
- Cognitive development;
- Physical development, including fine motor and gross motor;
- Communication development;
- Social or emotional development; or
- Adaptive development.
- Atypical development
- Children with a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay. For a full list of these conditions, please visit our state website: www.infantva.org
Sometimes the information presented is not enough to make a determination. If this is the case, our program will determine the appropriate individuals to carry out assessment activities necessary to determine your child’s eligibility.
The Assessment for Service Planning (ASP)
Once a child has been determined eligible for early intervention services, an Assessment for Service Planning (ASP) appointment will be scheduled. At the ASP, any pertinent medical records that relate to your child’s current health and medical status will be reviewed. An observation and assessment of your child will take place by qualified professionals. A comprehensive assessment tool will be used to provide objective information about your child’s level of functioning in each area of development, developmental strengths and areas of concern.
During the ASP, you and the professionals will play with your child. You will be asked many questions about what your child does at home. By looking at how your child performs during the assessment and what you say your child does at home, the professionals evaluate the following:
- Gross Motor Skills (How your child moves around their environment)
- Fine Motor Skills (How your child uses their hands and other small muscle groups)
- Language Skills (How your child uses sounds, words and gestures to express needs, and how he or she responds to what other people say)
- Personal Social Skills (How your child gets along with others)
- Self-Help Skills (How your child eats, drinks, and sleeps)
- Cognitive Skills (How your child thinks, learns, and plays)
At the end of the ASP, the professionals will share observations and findings and be ready to assist you in identifying goals that you would like to be addressed in the IFSP.
Individualized Family Service Plan Development
The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a step-by-step plan that outlines what goals have been developed based on your priorities and concerns regarding your child’s development and what services will support your child and family in meeting those goals. This can be developed right after the ASP with your permission. The plan is written by your family, the professionals who assess your child, and anyone else you would like to invite. With the team’s help, you will identify changes you want to see as a result of the early intervention services. The plan will specifically state what resources and professionals will be used to carry out the plan.
Services may include:
- Service Coordination
- Speech pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Social Work services
- Developmental Specialist
Every family receiving early intervention services is assigned to a Service Coordinator. The Service Coordinator’s roles include:
- Informing your family of your rights under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Assisting your family in development of your IFSP.
- Monitoring and reviewing services to ensure they are being delivered as delineated by the IFSP.
- Learning about your child’s developmental delay and/or disability.
- Linking your family to community resources.
- Answering questions concerning your child’s medical condition or development.
- Identifying other people or programs that might offer support or help meet the goals you’ve developed for your child.
- As your child nears his third birthday, assisting your family in development of a transition plan to address continued development. This can include referrals to public preschool program, private outpatient therapy, or local community programs.
What Happens After Early intervention?
Children may receive early intervention services until the day before their 3rd birthday, as long as eligibility requirements are still met. If your child continues to need services, referrals can be made to the local public preschool system with your permission. Other therapeutic possibilities after early intervention include private, outpatient therapy services. Many families also find other activities through the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, library or bookstore story times, and local gyms or play groups.
Making a Referral
Anyone can make a referral for early intervention services. Families, physicians, nurses, and hospitals will often make referrals on behalf of patients and their families.
If you wish to make a referral for your child, call (804) 727-8372.
Intake, eligibility determination, assessment, service planning, and service coordination are provided at no cost to you. After an IFSP is developed, fees for services can be billed to Medicaid and/or private insurance, and we use a generous sliding scale to determine family fees, if applicable. No family is denied services based on an inability to pay.