The Infant and Toddler program is for developmental delayed children ages 0 to 3 years in Louisiana. The point of entry for all Infants and Toddlers is a written referral from the Early Steps Program.
The following are the specific eligibility requirements for the Infants and Toddlers program:
- 1. A documented, established medical condition determined by a licensed physician. In the case of a hearing impairment, a licensed audiologist or licensed physician must make the determination; or
- 2. A developmental delay in one or more of the following areas:
- Cognitive development
- Physical development, including vision and hearing. Eligibility must be based on a documented diagnosis made by a licensed physician (vision) or a licensed audiologist (hearing).
- Communication development
- Social or emotional development
- Adaptive development
The determination of a developmental delay must be made by a multi-disciplinary evaluation team which includes the child's family and qualified professionals, as recognized by the Early Steps Program.Cadence support coordinators will be responsible for:
- Informing the family of the steps involved in the Multidisciplinary Evaluation process; explaining their rights and procedural safeguards and securing their level of desired participation.
- Reviewing relevant medical records and prior evaluations.
- Coordinating the necessary evaluations, and KIDMED screenings and immunizations.
- Identifying and coordinating the identification of families' needs, concerns, priorities and resources.
- Developing the Child's Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) within required limits.
- Informing the recipient of all service choices.