South Dakota Birth to Three is a program provides early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay.
Services include: audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling and home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and vision.
A screening is a quick look at how a child is learning and growing. Different kinds of tests and questions will be used to learn how to best help your child.
The areas which may be examined include:
• Development of your child’s body (including sight and hearing)
• Thinking and language skills
• Self-help skills
• emotional growth.
The tests and questions will be given in the language you and your family use at home. The results of the screening will be seen by you, the person doing the screening and the service coordinator. The results will be discussed within five days of the time the screening is completed.
After you receive the results from the training, following decisions may be made:
• your child’s development is fine at this point
• another screening will be scheduled in several months
• a referral to other helpful sources will be made
• your child’s development should be looked at more closely (evaluation)