Stearns Education District
517 Second Street South | P.O. Box 299
Sartell, Minnesota 56377
ST. CLOUD AREA
What is Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention?
Having a baby is one of the most exciting, joyous and intense experiences a family can have! Parents wait anxiously for the birth of their baby and hope to have a healthy child. They watch their baby’s development with awe and wonder. However, some babies experience delays in their development and this can be a very difficult time for parents.
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services are provided for eligible children birth to three years of age who may be experiencing delays in their development for several reasons, including special health conditions. These services are designed to meet the unique developmental needs of each child and their family and are offered at no cost to families. Accessing these services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for the child.
Do you have concerns about your child’s:
|• Learning||• Health|
|• Talking||• Vision|
|• Moving||• Hearing|
Or has your child been diagnosed with any condition that may affect their development such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, etc.? If so call Help Me Grow- St. Cloud Area to discuss your concerns with an early childhood specialist who can help figure out if an evaluation may be helpful for your child. Call Help Me Grow at 320-252-8427.
Help me Grow- St. Cloud Area serves the following school districts:
|• Foley||• Sartell/St. Stephen|
|• Holdingford||• Sauk Rapids/Rice|
|• Kimball||• St. Cloud|
Outside these school districts call Help Me Grow at 1-866-693-4769.
At THREE MONTHS, your child should:
- Turn head towards bright colors or lights
- Respond to loud sounds
- Grasps objects placed in hand- Recognize breast or bottle
- Begin to bat at objects- Make cooing, babbling sounds
- Lift head and chest when lying on tummy
- Quiet when spoken to
- Follow moving objects with eyes
At SIX MONTHS, your child should:
- Reach for toys and pick
- Move toys from hand to hand
- Help hold bottle
- Sit with minimum support
- Begin to crawl
- Roll over (both ways)
- Turn toward source of normal sound
- Recognize familiar faces
At NINE MONTHS, your child should:
Sit without support
- Find toy hidden under cloth
- Imitate "bye-bye", "ma-ma", clap
- Begin creeping on hands and knees
- Enjoy dumping out and picking up things
At their ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY, your child should:
- Pull itself to standing position
- Crawl on hands and knees
- Wave "bye-bye"
- Put toys into a container
- Begin to use a spoon and hold a cup
- Point to objects he/she knows when asked, "Where is it?
At EIGHTEEN MONTHS, your child should:
- Try putting on their own shoes
- Feed them self with a spoon
- Like to help
- Let you know what they want
- Point to things when needed
- Walk without help
- Pick up a cheerio
- Build a tower with three blocks
At their SECOND BIRTHDAY, your child should:
- Listen to short stories
- Turn the pages of a book
- Copy another child's play
- Walk up and down stairs with help
- Sometimes use two word sentences
- Often do the opposite of what is asked
At their THIRD BIRTHDAY, your child should:
- Talk, so they can be understood most
of the time
- Use three word sentences
- Tell you who is a girl and who is a boy
- Pedal a trike
- Kick a ball
- Initiate (copy) drawing a straight line
- Stringe large objects
- Name six body parts
At their FOURTH BIRTHDAY, your child should:
- Ask questions
- Play make-believe
- Take turns
- Drees themself, except for fasteners
- Put together a 7-12 piece puzzle
- Draw a face
- Balance on one foot
- Name several colors
At their FIFTH BIRTHDAY, your child should:
- Play organized games
- Follow a three-steop direction
- Cut with scissors
- Copy familiar shapes
- Draw a person with 6-8 body parts
- Cathc a bounced ball
- Count to ten
- Understand the meaning of many words
Early Intervention Services
What are Early Intervention Services?
Early intervention services are provided to children birth through two years, eleven months who are showing delays in their development.
How will I know if my child needs Early Intervention Services?
After you contact Help Me Grow, an early childhood team will complete an evaluation looking at your child’s development. If your child qualifies for services following the evaluation, a plan will be developed to address your child’s strength’s and needs.
How will my child receive these services?
Most children receive visits from early intervention team members either at home or in childcare.
Staff for the Early Intervention Program is based out of the Benton-Stearns Education District in Sartell, MN, however, this staff services children in the following school districts: Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Foley, ROCORI, Holdingford and Kimball.
Who may be on my child’s early intervention team?
Your child’s team will depend on his or her needs. Team members may include one or more of the following:
All of the above team members have specialized training in working with children who have developmental delays.
What if my child is over the age of 2 years, eleven months?
Children over age three who are identified as having a developmental delay are serviced in their local school districts in an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.
Districts vary slightly on their program model, but services are available in each district. Listed below are the districts and the buildings which house their ECSE programs:
Sartell – Oak Ridge Elementary -258-3693
Sauk Rapids/Rice – Hillside Early Childhood Center -255-8901
Rice Elementary – 393-2177
Foley Elementary – 968-8540
Kimball Elementary – 398-5425
ROCORI – Cold Spring Elementary – 685-8683
Holdingford – 746-2221
What is Early Childhood Screening?
Early Childhood screening is required of all children prior to entrance of kindergarten. This differs from a full evaluation for special education. A screening is quick check of development and if a child has difficulties at screening they may be referred for a full evaluation to see if they qualify for developmental delay services.
Each local school district schedules screenings for children ages between the ages of 3 ½ and 4 ½. If your child is over 4 and hasn’t been screened, contact your local elementary school for information on their Early Childhood Screening schedule.
Still have questions?
Contact: Sue Currens, Early Childhood Coordinator 320-257-7350
What is IEIC (Interagency Early Intervention Committee)
The Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE), Health (MDH) and Human Services (DHS) work together with local Early Childhood Intervention Committees (IEICs). These committees are made up of public health nurses, county social services and early childhood teachers and help to provide coordinated services and funding for children and families eligible for infant and toddler intervention services and preschool special education services.
Each local IEIC has designated one person for you to contact about Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services in your community. The contact is usually a health or education professional. (see Help Me Grow link)
Benton-Stearns Education District is part of the St. Cloud Area IEIC, this committee includes representation from the 7 school districts (St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Foley, Holdingford, ROCORI and Kimball) as well the counties of Stearns, Sherburne and Benton, a representative from Child Care Choices, Head Start, parents and others with a vested interest in servicing young children in the community.