What is Early Steps?
EarlySteps is the name of Louisiana's early intervention program which is a federally mandated program for eligible infants and toddlers through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C. Each state has an early intervention program.
EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development.
These services are provided in the child's natural environment, such as the child's home, child care or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months).
Is a hearing loss a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay?
Yes, therefore a child with any degree of unilateral or bilateral permanent childhood hearing loss (25dB or greater) is eligible for Early Steps. Additionally, children with Auditory Neuropathy or Central Hearing Loss are also eligible.