If you have concerns about your child’s development, behavior and/or learning, AEA 267 can help. You may be worried because your child is not walking, talking, playing with others or learning in school. AEA 267 has staff specifically trained to assess these areas and to support you in helping your child grow, develop and learn. Child Find is a part of our service that includes assessment to better understand your child’s needs. AEA 267 partners with other agencies within the community as part of the Iowa Early ACCESS system for helping families with young children from birth through age two. For children three years of age and older, AEA 267 staff work closely with child care providers, preschool teachers and educators within the local school districts to design individual instruction that supports your child’s learning and behavioral growth.
If your child is under the age of three, you can make a referral to Early ACCESS by contacting an AEA 267 office. An early childhood specialist trained in working with young children will follow-up with you and work with you and a team of professionals to identify the best way to help you and your child. If your child is determined to have a developmental delay or at risk of delay, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed that describes specific services needed such as hearing screening and evaluation, special instruction, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. These services will be provided using a team approach to support you in addressing your child’s needs within your daily activities.
If your child is three years of age or older, the AEA staff will work closely with the local school district. When there is information to indicate your child may have a disability, an evaluation will be completed with your consent. If the evaluation determines your child has a disability and needs special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. The IEP will document the needed services and how, when and where the services will be provided. The AEA 267 staff will work with you and the school staff to ensure that your child receives the specially designed instruction needed to acquire knowledge and skills for success in school and life.