Developmental Intervention

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.

First Steps

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.

Their weekly or bi-weekly visits focus on five developmental domains:

  • Cognitive
  • Physical
  • Communication
  • Social-emotional
  • Self-help

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.

Interested in getting started with Kentucky First Steps? Click here or call 877- 417-8377 to self-refer.

DSL is also happy to help you through this process – please reach out to Dr. Jenny Kimes or call 502-495-5088.

DSL KY Developmental Interventionists:

Jenny Kimes

Dawn Guy

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.

Interested in getting started with Indiana First Steps? Click here or call 812-738-1975 to self-refer. DSL is also happy to help you through this process – please reach out to Dr. Jenny Kimes or call 502-495-5088.

Check out Indiana First Step’s provided services here!

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.

Resources:

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!

Director of Clinical Services & Children’s Programs

Jenny Kimes

Director of Clinical Services & Children’s Programs

Developmental Interventionist

Dawn Guy

Developmental Interventionist

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