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How do I know if my child with a developmental delay might be eligible for services through the NJ Early Intervention System?

In order to qualify for services through the State, you child must have a measurable developmental delay identified through testing in one or more areas of development as listed above. A significant delay in one area, or a moderate delay in two or more areas will qualify your child for services through the state program.

Your child can also qualify for services if he or she has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, hydrocephaly, or certain genetic disorders.

Once it is determined that your child is eligible, a service coordinator will be assigned to you. She and the evaluators will help develop a plan of services for your child (Individual Family Service Plan - IFSP). After the plan is developed, services will be arranged through one your local State funded programs.