What’s the difference between Early Head Start, Early Intervention, and Autism Services?
Early Head Start is a program for prenatal mothers or families with children up to 3 years old who meet federal poverty income guidelines, and are at risk for a variety of factors, such as family substance abuse or mental illness, teen parent, single parent, multiple children under age 5.
Early Intervention is a program for children under 3 years of age who have a significant delay in development or a qualifying diagnosis. Eligibility is based only on the child’s developmental status, NOT family income.
Bridges is a program for children typically over age 3 who either have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with such a diagnosis. The goal of this program is to provide affordable, flexible services that address family needs currently unmet by other programs.
How do Kids On The Move programs communicate with physicians?
Kids On The Move programs can only release information with written parent consent, obtained either on a KOTM form or a doctor office release of information form. When KOTM obtains the permission, we will begin sending reports based on the protocol established for that program. Releases obtained by the doctor’s office should be mailed or faxed (801-221-0649) to the attention of the appropriate program at Kids On the Move so that communication can begin.
Each program has a system of regular communication with the child’s primary care physician:
The Early Intervention Program sends an updated developmental report every 6 months.
The Early Head Start Program Health Specialist coordinates EHS Health services with the physician to reduce duplication of effort. EHS requests copies of well-child visits, and by federal mandate tracks a variety of health indicators on each child, either from information collected from the physician, WIC, or trained Early Head Start staff.
The Bridges Program Director sends developmental reports annually.
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