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Description:

La Crosse County Human Services is the administrative lead agency for the Birth to Three Program.  If you are concerned about your child's development, you can contact the Birth to Three Service Coordinators at (608)784-1035.  Developmental screenings and evaluations for the Birth to Three program are provided at no cost to the family.  A Birth to Three Service Coordinator will be assigned to work with you and your child.  The Service Coordinator will assist the family in explaining the evaluation process, the development of the Individualized Family Service Plan, and procedural safeguards.

Guiding Principles:

  • The parent is the most important person in the child's life.  Each family has a set of unique strengths and needs that will enhance their child's development.  As partners with family, we need to be respectful of cultural and familial differences.  The role of the professional is to support, encourage, and empower the parent.
  • The role of the professional is to provide objective information on which parents can make decisions.  Professionals must first listen to the parent and develop supports based on the unique needs and desires of parents for their children.
  • The parents' participation in all interventions is critical to the intended outcomes of the interventions.  For intervention strategies to be most effective they must incorporate toys and other devices that are part of the family's natural environment.
  • Any service or intervention must be user friendly and respectful of cultural identity.  The professional's role is to help parents and additional care providers feel comfortable and confident in participating and following through on interventions.  Interventions will be held at times and places that are convenient for families.
  • Early Intervention Services including childhood education, physical, occupational, and speech therapy will take place in environments natural to the child.

Support and services available (based on family needs):

  • Service coordination
  • Family education and counseling
  • Special instruction
  • Communication services
  • Nursing services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Transition planning

Eligiblity:

  • Children ages birth to 36 months.
  • Child diagnosed with a disability or significant delay in one or more of the following areas: learning, physical development, communication, social/emotional development, and adaptive development.

To make a referral, contact The Parenting Place at (608)784-1035.

For more information on the Birth to Three Program, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website:

For information on La Crosse County's compliance with Federal outcomes, please visit http://northcentralrrc.org/wisconsin.

 

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