Special Needs & Early Intervention
The Special Needs and Early Intervention sub-committee of First Things First was developed to ensure that children living in Summit County receive early developmental screenings and if those screening indicated a need for further evaluation, appropriate referrals are made. In addition, this committee is committed to ensuring that those children already diagnosed with a developmental disability receive comprehensive support which enables them to live and play as full participants in their communities.
Decades of research indicate that a child’s earliest experiences play a critical role in healthy brain development. The brain is strengthened by positive early experiences and interactions with loving, caring adults in a safe and supportive environment. In addition, identifying and supporting a child who is not meeting their developmental milestones early on significantly decreases the amount of interventions that child will need later on.
The Special Needs and Early Intervention committee strongly recommends that parents with children zero to five complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) which is a short questionnaire that once completed will indicate a score that will determine if the child is developing within or out of the range for the developmental milestones at their age.
For more information about the ASQ, click here: http://agesandstages.com/
To complete an ASQ on your child, CLICK HERE!