Your child's doctor may also refer you to a developmental or school program. These programs help children with different kinds of growing and learning problems. The program staff may want to do their own tests with your child.
If your child is younger than 3 years, the doctor may refer you to an Early Intervention Program (EIP). Or you can contact the program yourself. The government pays for these programs. EIPs help children with delays and other problems.
If your child qualifies for help, EIP staff will work with you to make a plan. This is called an Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP. It may include training and support for you as well as therapy, special equipment, and other services for your child. After 3 years of age, the EIP staff will refer your child to the local school district.
Follow your instincts as a parent. Ask for more testing or a referral for your child if you are still worried.
Tell your child's doctor if your child seems slow or shows any of the “Signs of a Problem” on the left. Also, tell the doctor if your baby stops talking or doing things he or she used to do.