Is My Child Typical?
Are you concerned about your child's development or behavior? Our Empower the Parent guides
can help you find public, private and nonprofit resources to help your child.
The steps outlined on this page and in the Empower the Parent guides provide a general road map to help your family find services. If you would like to talk to someone and walk through these steps before contacting your PCP or school, please call or email today!
Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Help Me Grow or School District Screening
|Discuss your concerns with your child's PCP. Your child's PCP will perform an initial evaluation to determine if your child is meeting age appropriate milestones.
What about behavior concerns?
|You may be eligible to receive a free screening and/or services from Help Me Grow or your child's public school district.
Who do I call?
The steps for obtaining a school district screening are detailed in the Ohio Department of Education guide: Whose Idea Is This?
|Your child's PCP may refer you for a private evaluation with a psychologist, counselor, speech-language pathologist, or occupational therapists.
How do different professionals help?
Your insurance company may or may not cover the cost of these evaluations and services. We recommend that you check with your insurance company before your appointment.
These nonprofit organizations can help you.
Connecting for Kids' mission is to educate and support families with questions or concerns about their child's development. Whether your child has a formal diagnosis or if you are just questioning whether his or her development is typical compared to same-aged peers, Connecting for Kids can help.
Milestones Autism Resources is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. No question is to big or too small. Call our office for answers and knowledgeable advice. Find help planning, preparing and prioritizing to meet your child's short and long-term needs. milestones.org
Among other programs, NAMI Greater Cleveland offers free education and support programs for families/caregivers of children 10 and under struggling with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. namigreatercleveland.org
The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) advocates for parent and family support services. OCECD is dedicated to ensuring that every child with a disability, ages birth through 26 years, is provided a free, appropriate education. ocecd.org
Have more questions?
The full Empower the Parent brochures are available below as PDF downloads (readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader). Both English and Spanish language brochures are available. To get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, click here.
This project was generously produced by grants from Community West Foundation and Nordson Corporation.