Charleston, South Carolina
"Helping K.I.D.S. Grow"!
K.I.D.S. is a family-centered early intervention program in Charleston, South Carolina that provides quality services to families who have an infant or toddler (ages birth through three) with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
Early intervention is the process of providing services, education, and support to young children who are deemed to have an established condition, those who are evaluated and deemed to have a diagnosed physical or mental condition (with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay), an existing delay, or, in some states, a child who is at-risk of developing a delay or special need that may affect their development or impede their education.
Information and support are also provided to parents to increase their knowledge about and ability to support their child's development.
Early intervention services are federally governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A federal law passed in 1986, IDEA requires states to ensure that young children who may have disabilities or developmental delays receive an evaluation to identify the potential need for early intervention services.
BabyNet is the early intervention program in the state of South Carolina and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is the Lead Agency.
Early intervention services are rendered by way of direct service in a child’s natural environment.
K.I.D.S. will enhance the capacity of families to support their infant’s or toddler’s learning and development within their everyday routines and activities.
K.I.D.S. believes that the goal of family-centered early intervention is to empower families by:
1) Assisting them in locating, accessing, and utilizing services and resources within their community.
2) Providing families with new information and strategies to use in their everyday routines and activities that will support their child's development.
- Early intervention services that focus on helping your child and family within your daily life, culture, values, and priorities.
- Curriculum-based assessment by trained professionals.
- Special Instruction/Family Training services provided where your child normally spends his day, such as his home, a child care setting, or local playgroup.
- Flexible scheduling of home visits.
- Highly qualified staff who can help your family work on goals related to your child’s needs and your family’s priorities (all people working in birth to three early intervention programs must meet state standards and are either a licensed or certified professional or are supervised by a professional).
- IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) development. This plan will list the goal (changes) your family and the rest of the IFSP team would like to see for your child and the early intervention supports and services needed to meet those goals. and the early intervention supports and services.
- Service coordination to help bring together the different people, information, community resources, and other services that will support your child and family. Others who will work with you and offer support may include a physical therapist, speech pathologist, early childhood teacher, your child’s doctor, or other professionals.
- Transition support from early intervention services at age three to the local school district, a Head Start program, a local daycare center, or other community preschools.
Early intervention services are provided to assist a child in five developmental areas:
Motor/Physical (sits, walks)
Cognition (pays attention, solve problems)
Language/Communication (talks, understands)
Social/Emotional (plays/interacts with others, has confidence)
- Adaptive/Self-Help (eats, dresses self)
Eligibility for Services
In order for us to work with your child and your family, referrals for early intervention services must come through BabyNet. Call your local BabyNet office today to inquire about the eligibility process.
How do I know if my child
needs early intervention services?
You know your child best!
Contact us if you have concerns about how your child:
- Plays and interacts with others
To learn more, contact us today at 843.277.1181!