• Child Development Concerns 


     

    Children who need and receive early intervention are much more likely to be successful in school. Research demonstrates that early identification is crucial - children receiving help as toddlers make larger, faster gains than those that are not getting help until they start school. 

    Screenings are free! You do not need to have a referral, you can call and we can discuss with you options that are available for you and your child.

    Family Resource Coordinator: 

    Rachel Fitch

    Email: Rachel.fitch@esd112.org

    Phone: (360) 642-4089 OR Text: (360) 841-5113

    About Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

    Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) is the Washington State Department of Early Learning program designed to be the first point of contact for any parents concerned about the development of their children Birth-3 years old. ESIT offers free developmental screenings for infants and toddlers along with an informational meeting for parents with a Family Resources Coordinator. They help each family access the Early Intervention services and provide each family with additional community resources for support.

    What We Do

    Our Early Intervention Specialists work with families to evaluate and create a plan to support their child’s development. Our Birth-3 staff meet you where you are to provide services.

    • Intervention teams may include: Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Early Intervention Educators, and Early Intervention Specialists.
    • Services occur where the child lives, learns and plays and involves the parents as primary caregivers to embrace the entire family
    • Familiar environments provide more opportunities for practice and generalization of skills.
    • Family involvement is a core value of our program, as we believe you are a vital part of your child’s educational team.
    • Program is individualized for each child and family
    • Provides year round services for each child and family

    What to Expect from an Evaluation

    You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to the evaluation.

    You will be asked to share information about your child’s development, health and medical history. You will be asked to provide information about your family’s resources, priorities and concerns. This information is necessary to help the early intervention team develop a plan that meet the needs of your child and family.

    A team of professionals will work with you to evaluate your child’s development in five areas:

    • Physical: Reaching for and grasping toys, crawling, walking, and jumping.
    • Cognitive: Watching activities, following simple directions, problem solving.
    • Social-emotional: Making needs known, initiating games, starting to take turns.
    • Communication: Vocalizing, babbling, using two- to three-word phrases.
    • Adaptive: Holding a bottle, eating with fingers, getting dressed.

    For more information, contact: 

    Rachel Fitch Child

    Email: Rachel.fitch@esd112.org

    Phone: (360) 642-4089 OR Text: (360) 841-5113

    Resources:

    CDC Milestone Tracking (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html)

    PDF: A Family’s Guide to Intervention services (https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/sites/default/files/pubs/FS_0002.pdf)

    PDF: Please Ask (https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/esit/BabiesCantWait_English.pdf)

     

     


     

     
Last Modified on September 21, 2020