Services for Infants & Toddlers
Services are provided to infants and toddlers, birth through two years old who may be delayed in development or have disabilities. This program is a family centered approach to assist families with an eligible infant or toddler obtain services for themselves and their child. Services vary with the needs of the child and their family. Types of services that may be provided include: service coordination, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, family training, counseling, home visits, assistive technology services, special instruction, social work, transportation and nursing.
Children birth through age two are deemed eligible for early intervention services as determined by a multidisciplinary team and documented by a qualified examiner because:
- They are functioning at least 25% below his/her chronological age in one or more of the following developmental areas: cognitive development, physical development (includes vision and hearing), communication development, social or emotional development, adaptive development.
- They have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.
- They manifest atypical development or behavior that is demonstrated by abnormal quality of performance and function in one or more of the developmental areas and is likely to result in subsequent delay.
Anyone concerned about the health or development of a child from birth through age two can call The Charles County Infants & Toddlers Program at 301-609-6808 to make a referral.
What types of services are offered?
Services will vary with the needs of the child and their family. Types of services, which may be provided include:
- Case Management
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Family Training
- Home Visits
- Assistive Technology Services
- Nutrition Counseling
- Social Work
- Special Instruction
Who is eligible?
To become eligible for the program your child must possess the following:
- Functioning at least 25% below his/her chronological age in cognitive, physical (includes vision and hearing), communication, social/emotional and adaptive development
- They have a diagnosed condition physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay
- They manifest atypical development or behavior that is demonstrated by abnormal quality of performance and function in one or more of the developmental areas.
Who provides these services?
- Charles County Public Schools
- Charles County Department of Social Services
- Charles County Health Department
- Other public and private agencies in Charles County
Milestones of Normal Development
- 1 month Turns to sound, follows objects
- 2 months Says coo, lifts head when on stomach
- 3 months Laughs/smiles, begins to know Mom
- 4 months May reach for toys, puts toys in mouth
- 5-6 months Begins teething, babbling, rolls over,stomach to back, back to stomach
- 7-8 months Sits without support, begins to sip from cup, creeps
- 9-10 months Pulls self to standing, waves bye-bye, says ma ma, ba ba, dad a
- 11-12 months Stands alone, comes when called, Walks with help
- 12-15 months Walks alone, drinks from cup alone, Says four/five words, begins feeding self
- 18 months Turns pages in book, plays with toys, scribbles spontaneously, easily frustrated
- 2 years Plays with peers, throws/kicks ball, helps dress/undress self, follows simple directions, jumps in place, uses 2-5 word sentences
Do you have questions about your child’s development?
Are you concerned because your child does not:
- Follow objects with his/her eyes
- Respond to noises
- Make sounds
- Hold and play with toys
If you have these concerns or others about your child, call:
Charles County Infants and Toddlers Program
For more information regarding Infants and Toddlers, contact the Charles County Board of Education or the Maryland State Department of Education websites. Additional information regarding child development and developmental disabilities is available from the Centers for Disease Control.
What do services cost?
Services are provided at no cost to families
Click here for Infants and toddlers Intake Form
Mail form to:
Charles County Dept. of Health
4545 Crain Hwy
White Plains, MD 20695
Attn: Infants and Toddlers
or Fax to 301-609-6691.