Support for Chapter 1

Why Early Detection is Crucial

If you need an overview of the book and a list of website content please click this link: “Identifying and Addressing Developmental-Behavioral Problems: A Practical Guide for Medical and Non-medical Professionals, Trainees, Researchers and Advocates”

Chapter 1 provides information on the economic and social benefits of early intervention, along with federal and state mandates regarding services for children with disabilities. Also provided are definitions of commonly used terms in special education, the types of specific interventions provided, information on eligibility criteria, guidance on what to do when children don’t qualify for special services, and the value of collaborating with non-medical professionals.

A video explaining the value of early detection can be viewed (or downloaded) here.

Below we provide live links to national programs through which you can find local services and eligibility criteria, state-by-state enrollment rates in special services, and state/local prevalence data:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides State-by-State information on enrollment rates in IDEA programs [both Early Intervention for children from 0 to 3 years (also known as Part C) and Special Education for children 3 to 21 years (known as Part B).

National Education Technical Assistance Center houses links to Part C and Part B services State-by-State, and county-by-county

Centers for Disease Control provides federal disability prevalence data (search the site for developmental screening and developmental disabilities)

Kids Count provides information, state-by-state, on rates of children at risk (e.g., whose parents are unemployed, in poverty, in single-parent households, without health insurance, etc.).