Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Parent
While the preschool years are a time of triumphs for most
children and families, approximately 8% of all young
children are identified as having disabilities that may
prevent their reaching these important milestones as
expected. It was with these children and their families in
mind that Congress created the Part C Infant/Toddler Program
and the Preschool Special Education Program in 1986 when it
reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA). Some children with diagnosed conditions such as
Down's Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy identified at birth or
shortly thereafter receive services through the Part C
Infant/ Toddler Program. They may make the transition to the
preschool special education program at age three. Other
children do not raise concerns until after the third
birthday and, if eligible, may be enrolled in what is
commonly referred to as the Section 619 Preschool Program.
You can read about and become familiar with the features of
IDEA in NCLD's IDEA Parent Guide.
Milestones in Your Child's Speech
and Language Development
The most intensive period in speech and language development is
during the first three years of life. Research has shown that
by the time they are six months old, most children already
recognize the basic sounds of their native language.
Building Partnerships Between Families, Schools and
Bridges4kids (Macomb County)
Macomb County web site links.
Early On Michigan
Early On Michigan is a system designed to coordinate early
intervention and other services for families who have children
(ages 0 - 3) experiencing developmental delays or who have
disabilities or special needs.
Questions and Answers about Stuttering
What is stuttering?, Aren't all people nonfluent to some
extent?, Does stammering mean the same thing as stuttering?
Kidsource Calendar with Gifted Children in Mind
Activities & Resources for Parents of Gifted Children.
Child Find's Web Site
Offers Resources for Parents, Social
Workers, and Professionals Who Work with Children.
Research has shown the importance of identifying a child’s
disability at a very young age.
2004 Directory of Service Providers for Infants, Toddlers,
and Students with Disabilities
The 2004 Michigan Directory of Service Providers for Infants,
Toddlers, and Students with Disabilities is available for
download or purchase through the Center for Educational
Definition of Speech and Language Impairment
Definition of Learning Disabilities
Definition of Attention Deficit Disorder
Learning Disabilities: Resources
The Web: Unprecedented Access to Information and Help
Learning Disabilities Defined
Are you hearing a lot of hard-to-pronounce, hyphenated words
used to describe the difficulties your child may be having in
school? Don’t worry: We’ve cut through the jargon to give you
these non-technical definitions of the common learning
Common Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities
Although most children experience difficulties with learning
and behavior from time to time, a consistent pattern of the
following behaviors over time should be considered an
indication to seek further help.
Welcome to Pathways Awareness Foundation
Pathways Awareness Foundation is a national non-profit
organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit
of early detection and early therapy for children with physical