Early intervention

The name of the SCDSNB’s early intervention department is The Learning Center (TLC). Early intervention is a family-focused, in-home service for children from birth to age six. An early interventionist helps families understand their child’s development and gives specific training to assist the family in addressing areas of delay. Family training and service coordination are provided in accordance with an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children birth to three or a Family Service Plan (FSP) for children three to six years of age.

BabyNet is an educational program administered by South Carolina First Steps, that helps an infant or toddler with special needs move toward his/her full potential. Children who meet BabyNet 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 SCDDSN provider of the family’s choice for the delivery of Family Training and service coordination. If you want SCDSNB to be your family’s early intervention provider, you may tell them at that time.

If you think your infant/child, birth to three years of age, is developing or learning slowly, call BabyNet at 1-877-621-0865. If you child is over the age of three, please call SCDDSN Eligibility at 1-800-289-7012.

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.