Early Intervention

LSS has been providing early intervention services for young children for over 30 years. Early intervention for children with identified disabilities and developmental delays, and for children at risk for developmental delay can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges. At LSS, we provide early intervention services to young children through our Birth to Three Program for children with identified disabilities and developmental delay, and to young children through our Trauma Informed Care for At-Risk Preschoolers with a history of trauma.


Birth to Three

The first three years of a child’s life are important building blocks for that child’s future. When a child is born with a disability or developmental delays are suspected, Birth to Three Program services can provide help and hope.

Our dedicated staff members who work with children in this early intervention program are committed to helping children and families benefit from a family-centered approach to care and education by:

  • Supporting the family.
  • Providing education about the child’s development.
  • Assisting parents and other caregivers in recognizing and understanding the best ways to interact with the child.
  • Coaching parents and other caregivers to create strategies and adaptations to increase the child’s ability to participate in daily routines and activities.
  • Support in access community activities.

We offer these core services in the Birth to Three Program

  • Identification and referral
  • Screening
  • Eligibility evaluation
  • Ongoing assessment for an eligible child
  • Development of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)* for an eligible child and family

Service coordination for an eligible child and family

*Ongoing services through the Birth to Three Program that are identified in the IFSP may include a parental cost share.

Eligibility requirements

Before children can receive services in this early intervention program, they must meet eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Age birth to the third birthday.
  • A resident of Waukesha County.
  • A diagnosed condition that is likely to result in a developmental delay
  • Exhibits a delay of 25% or more in one area of functioning (cognitive, physical, communication, social and emotional or self-help skills) on standardized developmental testing
  • Demonstrates atypical development that is likely to affect overall development

Referrals

Referrals to the Birth to Three program may originate from anyone who has concerns about a child’s development. This includes parents and guardians, friends, doctors, neighbors and child-care providers. Parents must provide consent following a referral in order to move forward.


Trauma-Informed Care for At-Risk Preschoolers

 What leads to a healthy sense of wellbeing in young children? Important factors include safety, predictability

Happy grandfather and granddaughter reading book together at home. Close up.and having a caring adult in their lives. When those factors are missing or there’s trauma, adverse events or a high level of stress over time, it can lead to negative effects on brain growth, developmental skills, academic performance and even increased health problems later in life. The Trauma-Informed Care for At-Risk Preschoolers Program provides children the opportunity to thrive in spite of trauma and other challenges.

Our dedicated staff members who work with children in this early intervention program are committed to helping children and families benefit from a family-centered approach to care and education by:

  • Support caregivers who are parenting children with a history of trauma.
  • Intervene to identify and help address areas of concern in the child’s skill development, relationships, and behaviors both in and out of the home.
  • Encourage increased resiliency in both child and caregiver.
  • We offer the following services in the Trauma-Informed Care for At-Risk Preschoolers Program:
  • In-home assessments of the child and family. These include caregiver satisfaction with daily routines, child social and emotional functioning, communication, and developmental skills.
  • Development of an intervention plan with the family and coordination with any other professionals working with the caregiver and child.
  • Caregiver education about the effect of high stress and trauma on typical development.
  • Caregiver support to manage emotions and teaching the importance of self-care.
  • Resources around how to talk to children about trauma, and/or addiction.
  • Regular home visits and consistent contact to observe the child’s overall behavior and support the entire family around the impact of trauma.

Eligibility requirements

Before children can receive services in this early intervention program, they must meet eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Age birth to the fifth birthday.
  • A resident of Waukesha County.
  • Evidence of a trauma history, which may include parental substance use disorder.
  • Developmental and/or behavioral concerns.

Referrals

Referrals to the Trauma-Informed Care for At-Risk Preschoolers Program may originate from anyone who has concerns about a child’s development. This includes parents and guardians, friends, doctors, neighbors and child-care providers. Parents must provide consent following a referral in order to move forward.

If you would like to make a referral and you are a Waukesha County resident call 262-548-7212.

If you have questions or to learn more about eligibility requirements call 262-548-7333.