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Partnership for Child Health Monthly Newsletter - September 2015
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Early Steps Early Intervention - 
 
       Children are Served Where They Live, Learn and Play
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Pediatricians’ monitoring of a child’s developmental progress is a critical first step in detecting delays in motor, social-emotional, speech and language or cognitive development. The key to successfully addressing these delays is appropriate and timely referral and interventions.

Early Steps provides early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers -- birth to 36 months. Children who demonstrate signs of possible developmental delays (or whose condition will likely result in developmental delay) should be referred to Early Steps for a preliminary screening as soon as those signs become apparent. Further evaluation will be provided if indicated by the results of this screening.  If intervention services are warranted, they can be provided where the child lives, learns and plays—making it easier for the family and caregivers to engage the child in these learning opportunities during everyday activities and routines.

The Northeastern Early Steps office, serving Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, & St. Johns counties, is offering each pediatric practice (or other appropriate licensed professional) a customized referral form. (See sample.)  This eliminates the need for writing a separate prescription. Also, the form is written to include a recommendation for “Screening and Developmental Evaluation” so an additional referral will not be required if the screening ultimately leads to the need for a more thorough developmental evaluation for the child. The customized forms are helping to assure that referrals are complete -- which expedites the process for a family seeking care for their child.

If your practice has not yet received a customized form, contact the Northeastern Early Steps Director, April Smith at April.Smith@FLHealth.gov 904-360-7022 ext. 7272.

Managed Access to Child Health, Inc., d/b/a Partnership for Child Health, a non-profit 501c3 organization affiliated with Children’s Medical Services, is working to support a focused, effective approach to addressing important child health issues in Northeast Florida by providing a venue where child health leadership and stakeholders can come together to coordinate resources to meet the community’s needs.

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