The Family Support Network • A service of the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program
Infants and Toddlers Programs offer services designed to support families and enhance development of children with developmental delays and disabilities.
Services may include
- physical therapy
- family training and home visits
- some health services
- nutrition services
- occupational therapy
- speech-language pathology
- special instruction
- service coordination
- assistive technology services
Families in early intervention
Family support is an important part of early intervention for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. The Family Support Network is one way the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program offers support to families receiving early intervention services. We provide families and professionals with information about the many services available to children with disabilities. The Family Support Network helps families across Maryland by
- linking families that have had similar experiences
- offering many opportunities to attend specialized workshops and seminars
- establishing local Family-to-Family Support Networks to help meet needs in each community
For more information about the Family Support Network and other support programs for children and families, call your local Infants and Toddlers Program or the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program at 1-800-535-0182.
Concerns about Development Early intervention services are offered through local Infants and Toddlers Programs to enhance the development of children with developmental delays.
Each child learns and grows at a different pace, but there is a usual order and timeline that most children follow. Concerns about development can cause worry for families.
- I'm worried that my son doesn't lift his head like he should.
- Kelly doesn't seem to hear or respond to people around her.
- I just have this feeling that something is not right.
If you or your child's health care provider have a concern about your child's develop- ment, you can call your local Infants and Toddlers Program.
Infants and Toddlers Program staff will determine if your child and family are eligible for early intervention services after evaluating your child's development.
Most early intervention services are provided at no cost to eligible families.
Who is Eligible?
Your child and family may be eligible if your child is under age three and
- has a delay of 25 percent or more in development, or
- is developing in a way that is considered "atypical" for most children his or her age, or
- has a diagnosed condition-like a genetic disorder or severe vision impairment-that is likely to affect development
To find out more about your Local Infants and Toddlers Program, contact information or call the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program at 1-800-535-0182.
State of Maryland
Martin O'Malley, Governor
Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools
Carol Ann Baglin, Assistant State Superintendent
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