Idaho's Infant Toddler Program (ITP) coordinates a system of early intervention services to assist Idaho children birth to three years of age who have a developmental delay or who have conditions (such as prematurity, Down Syndrome, hearing loss) that may result in a developmental delay.
The ITP links children with services that promote their physical, mental and emotional development and supports the needs of their families. These can include therapeutic, educational, and supportive services, such as:
- Family education
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Service coordination
- Family training
- Home visits
- Health services
Children referred to the Infant Toddler Program are assessed to see if they meet program eligibility. If eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written that outlines services for the child and their family. This plan is reviewed every six months. At three years of age, ITP assists with the child's transition to a developmental preschool program or other community services.
Hearing Loss is the most common birth disorder in newborns. It affects how your baby perceives sound and is able to communicate with you and the world. 90% of infants with hearing loss are born to hearing parents. Please don't wait. Much can be done if hearing loss is identified early.
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professional and policy makers the knowledge and the know-how to nurure early development.
Neuroscientists have documented that our earliest days, weeks and months of life are a period of unparalleled growth when trillions of brain cell connections are made. Research and clinical experience also demonstrate that health and development are directly influenced by the quality of care and experiences a child has with his parents and other adults.
That is why at ZERO TO THREE our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
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Early experiences set a course for a lifelong process of discovery about ourselves and the world around us. Simply put, early experiences matter. We encourage you to learn more about very young children, early development and the work of ZERO TO THREE by exploring our site.