At Down Syndrome of Louisville, we are passionate about meeting our members and families where they are. We hope to be a resource immediately after diagnosis whether that is prenatally or at birth. We have resources and support to offer as soon as our families are ready.
Our developmental intervention targets the unique development needs of children beginning from birth through age three and is available at home or at a child care facility.
DSL is a contract provider with the state of Kentucky’s Early Intervention Program, First Steps. Our certified Developmental Therapists provide parents with strategies and techniques to further the child’s brain development, learning styles, and issues related to a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.
The First Steps program is available in Southern Indiana as well.
First Steps weekly or bi-weekly visits focus on five developmental domains:
Kentucky First Steps:
First Steps is Kentucky’s early intervention program and DSL is a contract provider. We have a team of developmental interventionists who provide service for children from birth to age 3. Services are provided in the home and community settings.
Indiana First Steps:
First Steps is Indiana’s early intervention program that provides services to infants and toddlers from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays or disabilities. First Steps brings families together with a local network of professionals from education, health, and social service agencies.
Additional Services & Resources:
Outpatient Developmental Services
A Developmental therapist can provide in-center consultative sessions with caregivers and their child to provide information, resources, and strategies to address developmental issues and concerns. This service can be used by families in KY or Indiana and may or may not be reimbursed by our managed care company but is offered as an out-of-pocket expense. If interested contact Dawn Guy.
- Understanding the roles of Special Service Providers– First Steps – This is a list of the different providers & therapists that First Steps offers, and explains what they specialize in.
- Listen to our Developmental Interventionist explain what they do on our Kindness Warrior Podcast!