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Early Childhood

What if I think my child may have special needs?

Contact the Daviess-Martin Special Education Cooperative at 812-254-1530. We will take initial information and advise you of the next step in the referral process. If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for early intervention through First Steps.

There are general ages at which children should be able to do certain things. The following may help you determine if your child could benefit from a referral for early intervention services.

Two Years

  • Recognizes familiar pictures in books
  • Turns page of a book independently
  • Builds a block tower
  • Asks for item by name
  • Starts putting two words together

Three Years

  • Walks up and down stairs
  • Responds to directions
  • Begins to ask questions Puts together simple puzzles
  • Strings beads or completes simple lacing
  • Scribbles with crayons
  • Feeds self
  • Asks to use the potty
  • Can play alone for longer periods of time
  • Speech is understandable about 80-85% of the time

Four Years

  • Rides a tricycle
  • Points to colors and simple shapes
  • Knows age and full name
  • Plays with other children
  • Answers most questions
  • Uses 4-5 word sentences
  • Cuts on a line with scissors
  • Copies simple shapes

Five Years

  • Can carry on a conversation
  • Prints a few capital letters
  • Recognizes own printed name
  • Colors within lines
  • Counts 10 objects
  • Plays cooperative games
  • Speech understandable 95% of time

Special Education services are available for eligible children ages three through five. Early intervention is important for children with special needs.

The Daviess-Martin Special Education Cooperative provides special education services for eligible preschool children. Preschool children are referred for an educational evaluation through child find activities. Brittany Cox is our Preschool Administrator.

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