Supportive Intervention Services
It is important to determine a child’s unique needs early on in order to help them get the most out of their early education, as well as help the family find a child care provider to accommodate those needs. The Screening and Intervention Services Department receives and interprets screenings regularly, and provides intervention or referrals within the community as needed. Those who score a result indicating the need for some kind of intervention may be considered for Supportive Intervention Services (SIS).
Supportive Intervention Services include Developmental or Behavior Specialist Services, along with referrals to other services in the community; i.e., FDLRS, Early Steps, mental health services, other therapeutic or behavior support services, etc. In addition, parents and providers are given pertinent information concerning child development, behavior, inclusive practices and other topics of interest.
Children with concerns noted on their ASQ who would not be eligible for formal intervention from FDLRS or Early Steps can benefit from short term, informal interventions. Children receiving supportive interventions are not labeled or diagnosed. Instead, they are provided additional supports directly in the early learning environment.
In addition to working with children directly, Specialists provide resources and coaching for teachers and caregivers onsite. After reviewing a child’s ASQ, a specialist will visit the early learning educator to observe the child and gather information to determine which service to provide.
Please Note: All children in Pinellas County who are enrolled in the School Readiness Program through the Coalition are screened using an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).
concerns and up to 2 months intensive + 2 months consultation services with an ILP for Behavioral concerns. At any time during the
service, a child can be referred for other services, or stepped down to an ILP. **
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the child for other services.
Developmental Screening for School
Once a child is enrolled in the School Readiness (SR) Program, they will begin receiving periodic developmental screenings through their child care provider. The screening is used help to check a child’s general development. The results help determine if a child’s development is on schedule. Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed—the greater the chance a child has to reach their potential.
THE ASQ SCREENS THE CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT IN (5) AREAS TYPICAL FOR EACH AGE:
Gross Motor skills
Fine Motor skills
AGES AND STAGES QUESTIONNAIRE (ASQ-3)
3The ASQ is a screening of the child’s current developmental skills at that moment in time and serves as an indicator for potential delays for further screening and evaluations. It is provided to the child care provider for any School Readiness funded child enrolled in their care who is “due” to have a screening each month.
Each child is screened within the first 45 days of enrolling into care. Subsequently, a child will be screened annually on or around their birthday. Some children are screened more often if indicated by the parent or child care provider.
The provider will log into the Provider Portal and complete the ASQ. The Coalition will retrieve the ASQ for scoring and tracking.
Children whose scores indicate concerns in any area are discussed with the child care provider and the parent by trained developmental specialists. The point of the discussion is to gather additional information from the adults in the child’s life to determine if further evaluation is needed to help the child reach developmental goals.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL ASQ’S (ASQ:SE-2)
ASQ:SE-2’s are also available to screen children when there are concerns about their behavior, emotions, or social skills. The ASQ:SE-2 can be accessed by a parent or child care provider through the Coalition at no cost. The ASQ:SE-2 is recommended when a child is having difficulty managing or expressing their emotions, exhibiting challenging behaviors, or problems relating to their peers or adults in a way that is typical for their age. Trained developmental staff in the Coalition can interpret results and refer families for additional services as needed.
REFERRAL AND NAVIGATION
If it is decided that the child could benefit from further evaluation, the Quality Services staff can coordinate referrals for free evaluations and services from the federally mandated agencies that provide them in Pinellas County.
Early Steps: a family-centered early intervention system that serves children birth to 36 months, regardless of family’s income. For more information, please call (727) 767-4403.
FDLRS/Child Find (Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System): A part of Pinellas County schools, available at no cost providing screenings for children ages 3-5 (who are not in a K-12 program), information regarding programs and services available for children with special needs and their families, and assistance in obtaining appropriate educational evaluations. For more informtion, call (727) 793-2731.
The referral and accompanying paperwork can be completed by Screening and Intervention staff for the families to access services. Specialists in the department can also help families understand the nature of the developmental concern noted on their child’s ASQ, interpret ASQ screening results, refer for other services such as mental health counseling, behavioral services, etc. and explain how to navigate the system.
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AT COMMUNITY SCREENING, CHILDREN ARE SCREENED FOR:
Speech & Language
Fine and Gross Motor Development
Social Emotional Development
Parents have the opportunity to consult with therapists and developmental specialists about any concerns they may have. After the screening, families receive an exit interview where the results are discussed. If a concern is identified that requires further evaluation, the referral is processed at that time.
Parents should call at least one month prior to the screening to allow for the amount of time it takes to do the intake, schedule the appointment, and to receive and fill out the paperwork necessary prior to the screening. A screening takes two to three hours to complete.
Screenings occur monthly and take place in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs.
These screenings are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL: (727) 545-7536
Inclusion Warm Line
“Inclusion: A value that supports the right of all children, regardless of their diverse abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities. A natural setting is one in which the child would spend time had he or she not had a disability.”
– Inclusion as defined by The Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
The Inclusion Warm Line, which is run by the Inclusion Specialist, is a free resource, as well as an information and referral service, regarding the inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities in Pinellas County. The Warm Line is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they are serving.
Inclusion Specialists at each coalition office in our State are dedicated:
- To increasing the number of providers who offer quality inclusive programs for children with disabilities, challenging behaviors and special health care needs.
- To enhancing the confidence, ability level, and education of caregivers who care for children with disabilities, challenging behaviors and special health care needs.
- To assisting providers and the families they serve in understanding and accessing the community resources and services available for children with special needs.
- To increasing community awareness of the need for, the requirements of, and the benefits associated with inclusive child care for all children.
In addition, our Warm Line Inclusion Specialist can also assist with the following issues:
- Curriculum Development
- Strategies for Managing Behavior
- Child Development Concerns
- Environmental Adaptations
- Laws and Regulations (i.e. The Americans with Disabilities Act
INCLUSION WARM LINE CONTACT INFORMATION
Pinellas County ELC Warm Line: (727) 545-7536
The state’s Warm Line number in Tallahassee: (866) 357-3239
If you have concerns about your child’s development and would like to complete an online Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) please use the following link: