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Primeros Pasos

Early Intervention Service Coordination for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families in the Latino/Hispanic Community

The Kennedy Krieger Institute's Child and Family Support Center and the Baltimore Infants and Toddlers Program have partnered to provide outreach, training and service in the Baltimore City Latino/Hispanic Community for infants and toddlers who are eligible for early intervention services and their families.

The first three years of a child's life are the most critical time for learning. To assist families in focusing on a child's developmental needs and capitalizing on his or her natural ability to learn, Baltimore Infants and Toddlers Program has a family-centered system of early intervention services for young children who may be experiencing a delay in development or who have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of delay. An early intervention service coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, who speaks Spanish and is familiar with the Baltimore Latino Community, provides assistance to families in securing early intervention services in areas of the child's and family's identified needs. These services may include:

  • Service Coordination
  • Family education, counseling and support
  • Special instruction
  • Speech pathology
  • Audiology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Medical services for diagnosis
  • Health services related to other early intervention services
  • Other services may be available as appropriate

In addition, the program offers training in "Providing Services to Spanish-Speaking Baltimore" to provider and community agencies who wish to learn more about working with this population.

For more information about the program, or to make a referral to Primeros Pasos you may call the Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Julia Chavez, Planning Coordinator, (410) 298-9284 (fluent in Spanish)
Ellen Lehrman, Planning Coordinator, (410) 296-2645 (fluent in Spanish)
Katelyn Traut, Service Coordination Manager, (443) 923-5828

To make a referral to the Baltimore City Infants and Toddlers Program, you may call (410) 396-1666.

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