Pursuant to Executive Order 2016-20, the lead agency designation for South Carolina’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C program, known in South Carolina as “BabyNet,” will be transferred from South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2017.
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Early Intervention Services
The following services are available to eligible South Carolina families who have children under age three with delays in development. Depending on each child’s needs, BabyNet programs directly provide or offer access to 17 core early intervention services. The specific services a child receives is based on a custom-tailored plan for that child. The family plays a key role in working with staff to create this plan.
Assistive Technology – services and equipment, including adaptive assistive devices, designed or altered for special use by children with developmental delays.
Audiology – testing your child’s hearing, making referrals for further auditory services, as needed.
Early Identification, Screening and Assessment – identifying your child’s strengths, developmental needs, and your family’s concerns.
Family Education – teaching your family about your child’s delay and ways to help your child.
Health Services – helping your child benefit from other services including: clean intermittent catheterization, tracheostomy care, tube feeding, changing dressings orostomy collection bags, and consultation with service providers concerning special health care needs.
Medical Services – diagnostic or evaluation services by a licensed physician who will assess your child’s eligibility for BabyNet services. BabyNet programs do not pay for other medical services.
Nursing – health assessments, nursing care to prevent health problems or improve functioning, administration of medications, and regiments prescribed by a licensed physician.
Nutrition – services provided by a dietitian/nutritionist who evaluates your child’s nutrition and needs.
Occupational Therapy – helping children learn skills needed for play and daily living, designing and providing adaptive and assistive devices.
Physical Therapy – identifying and preventing or reducing movement disabilities, includes designing and providing adaptive and assistive devices.
Psychological Services – counseling, analysis of your child’s functioning, and interpretation of behavior.
Service Coordination – helping your child and family get services, providing information about BabyNet services, and finding other services in the community. A service coordinator works with your family to support your child’s development and to arrange for services in and outside of your BabyNet program.
Social Work Services – assessing your child in the family setting, counseling, and social skill-building activities for your child.
Special Instruction – helping your child develop learning skills.
Speech-Language Therapy – helping your child understand language or learn to communicate, includes designing and providing assistive devices.
Transportation – arranging for someone to drive your child and family to and from early intervention services. This could include using a taxi or bus.
Vision Services – evaluation and assessment of vision, includes referral for medical or other professional services to train or restore visual functioning.