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Children's Services

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a family-focused, in-home service for children from birth to age 6 years of age.  An Early Interventionist helps families understand their child’s development and gives specific training to assist the family in addressing these areas of delay.  Family Training and Service Coordination are provided in accordance with an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children birth to 3 or a Family Service Plan (FSP) for children 3 to 6 years of age.


How do you refer a child for services?

If you think your infant/child birth to 3 years of age is developing or learning slowly, contact the local BabyNet office in your area. BabyNet is an educational program administered by the SC Department of Health and Human Services, that helps an infant or toddler with special needs move toward his/her full potential.  Children who meet eligibility criteria are served regardless of family income. Once eligible, and depending upon the needs of the child, he/she may be transferred to a DDSN provider for the delivery of Family Training and Service Coordination.


If you child is over the age of 3 years, 
please call DDSN Eligibility at 1-800-289-7012.


Referral for M-CHAT Follow-Up Interview and STAT (PDF)


Who is eligible for services?

For BabyNet’s eligibility criteria, please see the BabyNet Website.

For children 18 to 24 months of age who have been referral for follow up after a M-CHAT screening, the child’s Early Interventionist will refer the child to a qualified clinician to administer another assessment called the Screening Tool for Autism Toddlers (STAT).  List of known qualified STAT clinicians (PDF)

For children who are served in a “time limited” category, the EI may submit a request for eligibility redetermination on the child’s behalf.  If the child meets eligibility criteria, they may continue to receive DDSN services.


What other services are available while my child is in Early Intervention?

Early Intervention services may also include physical or occupational therapy, speech therapy or assistive technology.  Your child’s Early Interventionist is responsible for linking you and your family to these resources and making referrals where appropriate.