Initial Planning Process
If you believe your child has a developmental delay or an established condition, which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, you can make a referral to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) by referring online or calling one of the AzEIP Local Offices. A service coordinator will call you within two (2) days after receiving the referral to set up a time to meet with you to begin the initial planning process.
Meeting with Coordinator
Within 10 days of the initial referral to AzEIP, a service coordinator will meet with you at a place and time convenient to you to begin gathering information to see if your child is eligible for AzEIP services. S/he will talk with you about your child's abilities and your concerns about your child's growth and development. S/he may also talk with you about your child's medical history.
The service coordinator may ask you to fill out the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The ASQ is a screening tool, which is used to help figure out whether a child is doing the things one expects the child should be doing at that age. S/he may talk with you about your family's daily activities and the activities in which your child likes to participate.
The service coordinator will provide you with information on AzEIP and on your family's rights (also called procedural safeguards). S/he will have forms for you to fill out and sign. These forms are required by law and are used to make sure that private information about your child and family is shared with only those people to whom you give permission.
As part of the information gathering process, your child may need to have a developmental evaluation. Your Service Coordinator will help you make the appointment(s) to get this done. The developmental evaluation provides information to help determine if your child is eligible for AzEIP and must be completed by professionals from two different disciplines. It also provides information about your child’s abilities in all areas of development.
Once it has been determined that your child is eligible for AzEIP, you will be assigned a primary agency and an ongoing Service Coordinator. This agency may be the same one that conducted the evaluation, or, if your child qualifies for another agency, it will be either the DES/Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The ongoing Service Coordinator will work with you and with other professionals to develop the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).