Children with Special Needs

Children With Special Developmental and Health Needs

If you have questions about your child’s development, talk with your child’s health care provider, and childcare provider or preschool teacher. These professionals know developmental milestones and can provide support and referrals if necessary. Another good source of developmental information is a home visitor from Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents As Teachers, or Bright Beginnings.

For children 0 – 3 years of age, Community Connections, Inc. provides free, family-centered services including screenings, for eligible infants and toddlers. Call Trish Peters at 970-565-8389 for answers to your questions and information about these Colorado Early Intervention services. If your child is 3 to 5 years old, contact the Child Find Coordinator at the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services: 970-247-3261, ext. 146, to request a free screening and additional information.

The Healthy Children and the CDC websites both have good developmental milestones if you want to check things out on your own. The CDC has a short video called Baby Steps: Learn the Signs, Act Early that will answer many of your questions about development – we highly recommend it.

Some of the best sources of additional support and information are other parents because they understand better than anyone what you’re experiencing.

Peak Parent Center: 1-800-284-0251

Parent to Parent of Colorado: 1-877-472-7201

And NAMI of Colorado Springs has a handy Resource Guide to print.

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