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What We Do

We support families with children (birth through age 5) who experience developmental delays, or a mental or physical condition that is likely to result in a delay. A delay is when a child does not reach developmental milestones at the expected times. Developmental delays can occur in one or more areas such as motor, language, social or thinking skills.

Our Early Childhood team works with parents and caregivers to promote their child’s development and participation in everyday activities that are important to them. Services are family-centered, based on the strengths and needs of the individual child and family. We support parents and caregivers by building their confidence and competence.  Click here to read more about our philosophy.

Each family is assigned a service provider who is trained in early childhood development. The service provider helps parents develop a plan to help their child reach developmental outcomes that are important to them. Licking County service providers include: certified developmental specialists, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist.

Click here to read more about what parents can expect from our Early Childhood team.

Early Intervention

One of the programs offered by our Early Childhood team is Early Intervention, which provides family-centered services for infants and toddlers to age 3 with a developmental delay, disability or a medical condition likely to result in a delay. If you have questions about your child’s development, we will arrange for your child to be assessed and/or evaluated in your home to determine eligibility and need for services. There is no charge to you for the evaluation/ assessment or ongoing services provided by our Board if needed.

Anyone can make a referral to Licking County’s Early Intervention program. You will need the child’s name, date of birth, address, parent’s name and contact information. To make a referral, please call 1-800-755-4769 or 740-371-3322. You can also make a secure online referral at https://refer.ohiocentralintake.org.

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To learn more about Early Intervention in Ohio, visit ohioearlyintervention.org

Our Focus

  • Family Focused Services are provided in the home and community at times that are convenient for families. A service coordinator guides parents through the process and connects them with community resources when needed.
  • Coaching with Compassion Children learn best from parents/ caregivers or others with whom they have a close relationship. By coaching parents, and focusing on their strengths, our service providers support and empower parents to build their capacity to meet their child’s unique developmental needs.
  • Parent’s Priorities Services focus on what is important to parents. Service providers will help parents address challenges they encounter during daily routines, such as bath time, getting dressed and meal times.
  • Play Infants, toddlers and young children learn through play. We assist parents in identifying what interests their child has and what he/she likes to do. Together, the parent and service provider identify fun learning opportunities that can occur during play and other daily activities.
  • Plan At the end of each visit, the parent and service providers develop a plan that incorporates fun, learning activities in the family’s daily routines.

Autism Resources

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, interact and play with others. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report stated 1 in 68 children has autism.

Licking County is part of the statewide Autism Diagnosis Education Project (ADEP) which increases early and timely access to an evaluation for children suspected of having autism. We offer parents who have a child under the age of 3 an opportunity to have their child evaluated locally. LCBDD has a team of highly qualified professionals who complete the comprehensive evaluation process. Their results are shared with a local pediatrician who completes the medical component of the autism evaluation. If the child is diagnosed with autism, the pediatrician reviews intervention options with the child’s family.

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PLAY Project Autism Intervention was developed by Dr. Richard Solomon, MD., who is a developmental pediatrician. It is a home-based intervention program for families who have a child that has been diagnosed with autism. Research shows this approach improves language and social skills in children with autism, and participation in PLAY Project Autism Intervention can reduce autism severity. Trained PLAY Project Autism Intervention consultants teach parents techniques that are fun, effective and useful in their daily activities. They also focus on building a close and interactive relationship between parents and their child(ren). LCBDD has two certified PLAY Project Autism Intervention consultants on staff.

Funding Early Childhood

Early Childhood Services are provided by the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities and funded through local property tax levies, which are the board’s primary sources of funding.

Contact Us

Our office is located in the Eleanor S. Weiant Center, 116 N 22nd St. in Newark, Ohio. Early Childhood services are available to Licking County families who have children from birth through age 5 who meet eligibility requirements. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to contact a team member outside of regular office hours, you may leave a voicemail at 740-349-6588. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Services are provided in the home or other places where the child learns and plays. Visits are arranged individually with families. Depending on the schedule of team members, some late afternoon and early evening visits are available. Offices at the E.S. Weiant Center are closed on all government holidays, as well as several other days throughout the year.

The Board does not discriminate in employment or service provision on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, ancestry, or familial status. Contact Caley Norton  at 740-322-6915 for more information on any of our Early Childhood services.