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Montana’s Part C Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) focuses upon infants and toddlers, aged birth to 3, with disabilities and their families.

Help during the first years of a child’s life can make a big difference. Early intervention services and supports are provided under public supervision and in natural environments to help you and your family support and promote your child’s development, within your family activities and community life.   Taking a “wait and see” approach prevents children from getting the early help they need. By working together, families can develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to meet the needs of their children.

Early intervention services include:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Assistive technology
  • Audiology
  • Family training and counseling
  • Nursing services
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Service coordination
  • Social work
  • Special instruction
  • Speech therapy
  • Transportation
  • Vision services




Family

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The first step in determining if a child and his/her family could benefit from any of these supports and services, is a developmental evaluation or screening that looks at all areas of child development. These evaluations are free.  Families with children who meet the eligibility criteria established by the State are entitled to a range of services defined under Federal law.  Services are offered at no charge to families.  The Part C program is mandated by Federal and State law and is funded through various state and federal sources. 
Once a child is found eligible for Part C Family Education and Support, the family and the local Part C program’s team develops an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which describes the plan of services and supports the family will receive in their natural environment and the roles and responsibilities of those involved. The IFSP is both a process and a document, and is the heart of early childhood intervention. Goals, objectives, and services provided by a Family Support Specialist from the local Part C provider and are made available in a timely fashion and in the amount and duration agreed to on the IFSP.  As a parent of a child with a disability, you have certain rights which are guaranteed. 

State Part C Coordinator:

Wendy Studt
111 Sanders Room 305
PO Box 4210
Helena MT 59604
(406) 444-5647
wstudt@mt.gov

Regional Part C Family Education and Support Providers:

Billings
www.ecibillings.org           

Billings - Surrounding area
www.step-inc.org

Glasgow area
www.hilinehomeprograms.org

Great Falls area
www.qlc-gtf.org

Helena area
www.familyoutreach.org

Miles City area
www.deapmt.org

Missoula area
www.childdevcenter.org

Page last updated 02/24/2014