Every child grows and develops at his/her own pace. How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves offers important clues about development. Comparing your child’s activities to those commonly seen in children the same age can help determine whether the child needs additional help.
Early intervention is key to helping children achieve their highest level of success. The First Steps program at Bluegrass offers early intervention, serving children from birth to age three who have a developmental delay or a condition that’s known to cause a delay.
Services are provided in the child’s natural environment, either at home, daycare, or in the community. Bluegrass staff work with parents and caregivers to support them in continuing activities at home that will promote child development.
First Steps includes child evaluation specialists, who conduct initial screenings; service coordinators, who help families navigate the program; and speech, physical, and occupational therapists; developmental and behavioral interventionalists; deaf and hard of hearing teacher; visually impaired teacher, psychologist and audiologist.
If you are concerned a child under the age of three is not meeting developmental milestones, you call Bluegrass First Steps at (859) 271-9448 or toll free at 1-800-454-2764, Bluegrass First Steps is located at 343 Waller Ave., Suite 201 in Lexington.
Uncertain about developmental milestones?
The chart, below, provides information about developmental milestones during a child’s firs three years. The chart is not all-inclusive. Therefore, if you have any doubts about your child’s development, talk with your child’s doctor or call Bluegrass First Steps.
Bluegrass assists individuals, children and families in the enhancement of their well-being through mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance abuse services. First Steps is a statewide early intervention program. State and federal funds help support First Steps. Families are assessed for their ability to pay. Medicaid, private insurance and household income sliding-fee scales are accepted.