Many parents have questions at some point about their young child’s growth and development. The great news is, South Carolina provides Early Intervention help for children Birth to Three through a program called BabyNet.
BabyNet is program in South Carolina that provides a variety of services to children birth to three years of age. As a parent, the BabyNet program can come with lots of questions. Read our BabyNet guide to clear up some of the most frequently asked questions. Have more questions or think your child could benefit from BabyNet? Email us at [email protected] to get connected to more answers.
What is BabyNet?
BabyNet is South Carolina’s interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays, or who have conditions associated with developmental delays.
Does my child need it?
Infants and toddlers from birth to three years may be eligible, regardless of their family’s income, for BabyNet services if they are developing more slowly in any of the following ways:
- Learning to walk
- Height & weight
- Learning how to think
- Learning to listen & talk
- Getting along with others
- Doing things on their own
How do I get it?
You can complete a referral or ask your provider to complete a referral. All children who meet the eligibility criteria will be served regardless of family income.
What if my child is older than 3?
If the child is between the ages of 3 and 21, you may contact the local school district in which the child lives for a Child Find screening.
Are BabyNet and an “EI” same/different?
EI, or Early Intervention Services help infants and toddlers who have delays in growing, developing and learning. Early Intervention Services may include therapies, assistive aids and devices, speech/hearing/vision services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, service coordination and/or family training. BabyNet is the payor source for EI services for eligible children.
Your family will also be given the choice to have an Early Interventionist serve your family. The Early Interventionist serves a guide to other services that may be available to your child. They are a great resource for families who qualify.
Do you have concerns about your child’s language development? Many parent are concerned about their child’s ability to communicate. MTSkids provides an individualized speech therapy approach to give your child a voice that lasts forever. Call MTSKids at 864-244-3474 or visit us at www.mtskids.com to schedule an evaluation to discuss your child’s best next steps.