The State of Arizona defines as eligible for supports and services through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP), a child between birth and 36 months of age who is developmentally delayed or who has an established condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, as defined by the State.
Definition of Developmental Delay
A child is considered to be developmentally delayed when s/he has not reached 50% of the developmental milestones, expected at her/his chronological age, in one or more of the following areas:
- cognitive development (how well s/he can solve problems and interact with the world),
- physical development, (what s/he can do physically), including vision and hearing,
- communication development (how s/he uses her/his voice and gestures to communicate),
- social or emotional development (how s/he expresses and responds to feelings), and
- adaptive development (how s/he does with sleeping, eating, dressing, and using the toilet).
The determination that your child is developmentally delayed, and therefore eligible for AzEIP supports and services, is based on professional evaluations, which includes informed clinical opinion and your involvement and input.
Established conditions which have a high probability of developmental delay include, but are not limited to:
- Chromosomal Abnormalities
- Metabolic Disorders
- Disorders reflecting disturbance of the nervous system, such as autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders and children born addicted to narcotics, alcohol or illegal substances.
- Spina Bifida (neural tube defects)
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH), Grade 3 or 4
- Periventricular Leukomalacia
- Cerebral Palsy
- Significant Auditory Impairment
- Significant Visual Impairment
- Failure to Thrive/Pediatric Undernutrition
- Severe Attachment Disorders
- Disorders secondary to exposure to toxic substances, including fetal alcohol syndrome.
The determination that your child has an established condition and therefore eligible for AzEIP supports and services is based on diagnosis by a qualified physician or other qualified professional and includes the use of an informed clinical opinion.