Early Intervention


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Baby Steps is the early intervention program offered through Family Support Services at the Disabilities Board of Charleston County. Early intervention is a service that guides families in helping their child (birth to six years old) grow and develop to his or her fullest potential.

Each child enrolled in Baby Steps is assigned an early interventionist, who completes a thorough assessment for each child every six months. The early interventionist assists the family in developing goals that are incorporated into an individualized plan of service.

The Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) identifies special instruction and services to meet the family’s goals. Access to services is facilitated by the early interventionist. The parent or legal guardian of the child directs all early intervention activities. Choice of services and providers is always offered to each family. Referrals are made through BabyNet, a program of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. BabyNet may be contacted at 843-740-3193.

Services that may be available to eligible children include assistive technology, audiology, family education, health and medical services, nutrition, occupational and physical therapy, speech and language therapy, special instruction for the child, and vision services.

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For more information about Baby Steps, please call 843-805-5800 and ask for a family support services supervisor.