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Are you concerned about your child?

Do you worry that your child may not be meeting his/her early developmental milestones in speech or language development, sensory or fine motor abilities, gross motor abilities, play skills, or self-help skills?

Are you concerned about the number of words that he/she uses? 

Do you wonder why your child is not talking as much as his/her peers and may have a speech delay? 

Are you worried that your baby is not yet crawling, sitting up, walking or responding to their name?

Do you question if your child needs an Early Intervention evaluation?

How do I get an Early Intervention (EI) evaluation for my child?

Each child is different and every child develops at his or her own pace.

If your child has not reached the milestones listed below, consult your pediatrician.  This rate of development may be appropriate for your child or you or your child's doctor may have concerns and feel that your child should be evaluated.  Evaluations are performed in your own home by NYS licensed/certified professionals at no cost to you, regardless of your income, race, religious or cultural beliefs. Evaluations and therapeutic services are offered at no out of pocket cost to families, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for Early Intervention services provided to eligible children and their families. The Early Intervention Program is administered and funded by the New York State Department of Health and Nassau County. 

If you would like to discuss a concern about your child's development, please feel free to call us in the office at (516) 827-1970.  One of our licensed professionals would be happy to discuss your concerns and if you decide to proceed, we can help you start the referral process to the Nassau County Early Intervention Program.  Another way for you to start the referral process is for you to call the Nassau County Early Intervention Program directly at (516) 227-8661.

Checklist for Growing Children

Here's what you can expect your child to be achieving from birth to age three.

At three months of age, most babies:

  • turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • move both eyes in the same direction together
  • recognize bottle or breast
  • respond to their mother's voice
  • make cooing sounds
  • bring their hands together
  • wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • lift head when on stomach
  • become quiet in response to sound, especially to speech
  • smile

At six months of age, most babies:

  • follow moving objects with their eyes
  • turn toward the source of normal sound
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • switch toys from one hand to the other
  • play with their toes
  • help hold the bottle during feeding
  • recognize familiar faces
  • imitate speech sounds
  • respond to soft sounds, especially talking
  • roll over

At 12 months of age, most babies:

  • get to a sitting position
  • pull to a standing position
  • stand briefly without support
  • crawl
  • imitate adults using a cup or telephone
  • play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • wave bye-bye
  • put objects in a container
  • say at least one word
  • make "ma-ma" or "da-da" sounds

At 18 months of age, most children:

  • like to push and pull objects
  • say at least six words
  • follow simple directions ("Bring the ball")
  • pull off shoes, socks and mittens
  • can point to a picture that you name in a book
  • feed themselves
  • make marks on paper with crayons
  • walk without help
  • walk backwards
  • point, make sounds, or try to use words to ask for things
  • say "no," shake their head, or push away things they don't want

At two years of age, most children:

  • use two-to-three-word sentences
  • say about 50 words
  • recognize familiar pictures
  • kick a ball forward
  • feed themselves with a spoon
  • demand a lot of your attention
  • turn two or three pages together
  • like to imitate their parent
  • identify hair, eyes, ears, and nose by pointing
  • build a tower of four blocks
  • show affection

At three years of age, most children:

  • throw a ball overhand
  • ride a tricycle
  • put on their shoes
  • open the door
  • turn one page at a time
  • play with other children for a few minutes
  • repeat common rhymes
  • use three-to-five-word sentences
  • name at least one color correctly

Taken from “Early Help Makes a Difference,” NYS DOH.

The information provided in this website is intended to educate the reader about certain medical and/or health conditions and certain possible treatments. It is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis, and medical/health care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Do not attempt to treat your child or anyone else without proper licensed supervision. Any health-related products or services referred to herein are given for informational purposes only and not by way of endorsement, recommendation or approval by Children’s Speech and Rehabilitation Therapy.