Early Intervention / Development

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services-OLRS)

Helps people throughout Ohio who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental impairments. The intake department can be contacted toll-free for confidential services. They can assist with cases of abuse, neglect, discrimination, public assistance denials and other services. Their Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps people applying for or receiving services from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. Their website has a lot of information about the following issues and local agencies that can help.

  • Getting School Special Education Services
  • Getting School Therapies and Transportation
  • Early Intervention Developmental Evaluations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service Animals
  • Jobs & Colleges
  • Disability Laws & Future Planning
  • Special Transportation Resources
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Blind & Low Vision
  • Kinship Care
  • Respite Care
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bedbugs

50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY
www.disabilityrightsohio.org

Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center

Provides full day, year-round childcare for children ages 1 through 5 years of age. During the school year, they offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as early intervention services, early childhood education and social work services.
3675 Walford Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 447-0606
http://addohio.org/learning

Columbus City Schools Special Needs Preschools

This site has information about Columbus City School’s special needs preschool and kindergarten programs, the hearing impaired program (CHIP), the orthopaedically impaired program and the visually impaired program. Special needs preschools serve children with identified delays and are offered at several sites. They also have information about what to do if parents suspect their child has a learning disability and student enrollment. Click for the parent information brochure. Parents can also call the office during the school year to speak with other parents of children with special needs.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5206
www.columbus.k12.oh.us

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a range of services for infants and toddlers up to age three who are experiencing a delay in some area of their development.

Alexander Graham Bell School

Serves families of deaf and hearing impaired children from birth to three years of age living in central Ohio, as part of the Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP). When toddlers are three years old they may enter the preschool program.
1545 Huy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 365-5977
www.columbus.k12.oh.us

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

Contains information about normal development and milestones for babies, toddlers, school-aged children, teens and young adults.
141 Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
www.healthychildren.org

Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is a way for all parents to improve early infant communication and communicate with children before they can actually speak. It has been shown to boost development as well. This website is full of free resources, including free videos, free flash cards and free tutorials.
www.babysignlanguage.com

Childhood League Center

Offers early childhood services for children with delays in development, home visitation programs and classes for young children with special needs. Most programs are free or for a small fee.
670 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-6933
www.childhoodleague.org

Columbus Kids

Provides free learning checkups that help detect early developmental delays and speech, hearing or vision problems among children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years old within the Columbus City School district. Go online to view their kindergarten readiness checklist and a list of learning checkup locations. Parents receive a free gift when they complete a learning checkup with their child.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-3089
www.columbuskids.org

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Offers screening, evaluation and treatment of children from birth through adulthood with speech and language delays and autism. Click on their resources page to find more resources on topics such as stuttering, literacy, assistive learning devices and more. They offer programs for families of children with autism or language delays to learn how to communicate with their children. They accept government (Medicaid) and private insurances.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY
www.columbusspeech.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF) Ready Set Grow

This free program is for children in Franklin County ages 2 to 6 who may not be ready for kindergarten. The program includes weekly visits to the home and child assessments with recommendations. Parenting education and other family assistance are provided as well.
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-2661
www.dfyf.org

Early Intervention Support

Find answers and practical suggestions on child development. This online site explains how children develop and what early intervention is.
www.earlyinterventionsupport.com

Easter Seals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides a variety of services and programs throughout Ohio for young children with autism, disabilities and special needs. Services include early childhood education, in-home services, physical therapy, speech therapy, weekend respite care for families and recreational opportunities.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(800) 860-5523 or (614) 228-5523
http://centralohio.easterseals.com

First Signs

Educates parents and professionals about the early warning signs of autism and developmental disorders. They also have screening questionnaires online.
PO Box 358, Merrimac, Massachusetts 01860
(978) 346-4380
www.firstsigns.org

Flying Colors

Flying Colors is the evaluation and early childhood center for Licking County public schools. They do evaluations on children ages 3 to 6 in the county and determine special educational needs. They also offer a program for children who qualify for kindergarten but may need an additional year in a preschool setting, as well as services for children with special needs (including autism, hearing impairments and speech delays).
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629
www.flyingcolorspreschool.com

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD) Early Childhood Education Center

Services are provided for children from birth to age 6 who have developmental delays and disabilities. Services include developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 342-5840
www.fcbdd.org

Franklin County Family & Children First Council

Plans and coordinates services for children, and directs Help Me Grow, which serves children with delays and children at-risk for becoming delayed. They provide leadership to organizations throughout the county that serve children. Click for county Family and Children First councils throughout Ohio.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-2511
www.helpmykid.org

Head Start Programs

Are you looking for preschool and Head Start programs for children ages 3 to 6? Find out more in the education section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Education Page

Help Me Grow (HMG) Early Intervention

Ohio’s Early Intervention system aims to identify and serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities.  Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their child evaluated by an interdisciplinary team at absolutely no cost to the family.  Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of language, feeding, walking, handling of toys, seeing or hearing. They provide services such as physical therapy, speech therapy and social work. Should intervention be deemed necessary, individualized services are provided to the child and family.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9860
www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov

LD Online

This website provides information and resources related to the earliest possible identification of young children and their families who may benefit from early intervention or education services.
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
www.ldonline.org

My Baby’s Hearing

Did your baby fail the newborn hearing screening test or have you been told that your newborn or infant has a hearing loss? This website offers a lot of helpful advice and information for parents, and is sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-7243 or (301) 402-0252 TTY
www.babyhearing.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Provides developmental evaluations, behavioral intervention, psychological testing and resources for children of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. Services are provided within the home and community.
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-8315
www.nationwidechildrens.org/autism

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Developmental Assessment Program

Offers a wide range of services to address the developmental and behavioral needs of children. They provide comprehensive evaluations for children with suspected developmental disabilities, learning difficulties, autism and co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties. They also offer a free resource center for any family that needs help finding resources in the community for their child.
187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 355-8315
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you! Click below to sign up.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Occupational, Speech & Physical Therapy Programs

Developmental occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy services are provided at the main hospital, as well as many locations throughout the community, for children from birth to age 21.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2200
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers several programs for young children with disabilities and delays, including an autism spectrum disorder clinic and behavioral support services. Their early intervention program is for ages 1 to 6 with a variety of developmental delays.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-9780
http://nisonger.osu.edu

Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University (OSU)

In collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a complete range of dental services are offered for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities. All major insurance programs (including Medicaid) and a sliding fee scale for self-pay patients are accepted. When necessary, fee arrangements can be made.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3192
http://nisonger.osu.edu/dental

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Serves families of infants, toddlers and youth with disabilities in Ohio to ensure that every Ohio child with special needs reaches their highest potential. Parents can call to get one-to-one assistance.
165 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
(800) 374-2806, ext. 20
www.ocecd.org

Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

Each county in Ohio has its own Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for providing early intervention services in that county. Click below to find information about the board in your county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3434
Statewide: (800) 617-6733 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Franklin County: (614) 475-6440
https://doddportal.dodd.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Provides information, resources and services related to early learning and school readiness.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
http://education.ohio.gov

Ohio School for the Deaf Alice Cogswell Center

Provides developmentally appropriate year-round education and activities using American Sign Language and English for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.
500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 728-6900
www.ohioschoolforthedeaf.org

Pathways Awareness

Supports parents by providing knowledge, information and a sense of community as parents learn about early detection and the benefit of early therapy for children with delays.
2591 Compass Road, Glenview, Illinois 60026
Toll-free National Information Line: (800) 955-2445
www.pathwaysawareness.org

St. Vincent Family Centers

Offers programs for children ages 2 and older who have severe behavioral, emotional or social challenges.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731
www.svfc.org

Voices for Ohio’s Children

Represents a non-partisan statewide network of families, professionals and organizations throughout Ohio that work on public policy to make sure children are well-educated, healthy and safe.
490 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-8848
www.vfc-oh.org

YMCA Early Childhood Resource Network (ECRN)

Provides developmental screenings for children from six weeks of age through 5 years of age who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) as well as a free toy and equipment lending program for children.  ECRN staff perform on-site child observations at child care sites and preschools. They also provide ongoing service coordination.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 543-9000
www.ymcacolumbus.org/ecrn

Zero to Three

Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. View handouts in Spanish and English on what to expect as your child grows and how you can help your child learn.
2000 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 638-1144
www.zerotothree.org/child-development

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