Early Intervention for Special Needs

Skills such as smiling at a familiar face, babbling, and throwing a ball show that your child is developing on track. Although kids develop skills at different times, there are some expected age ranges for reaching these goals.

Our guide for parents called “Watch and Help Me Grow” provides a timeline of when children generally learn new skills (crawling, talking, grabbing, etc.) along with more information about “developmental milestones.”

See “Is My Child’s Development on Track” for more information on the importance of developmental screening.


Younger than age three

If your child is under the age of three, and you have concerns after speaking to your child’s doctor, you may wish to contact your local Child and Family Connections (CFC) office directly. They can help determine if your child is eligible for early intervention services, and help you get those services.

Child and Family Connections (CFC) #7
West Suburban Cook County
Suburban Access, Inc
Early Intervention
1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 640
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-0625 or 888-566-8228


Age three or older

Contact your local school district’s department of special education. School districts in Forest Park, Oak Park, and River Forest provide screening to children over age three in the areas of communication, social/emotional development, cognition, motor skills, hearing, and vision a regular basis, in compliance with federal law. Further evaluations are completed for children as determined by screening results.

All three local school districts house early childhood programs for eligible children, age three and up, in at least one of their elementary schools:

Local School Districts

Forest Park (District 91) Student Services Department
925 Beloit Avenue, Forest Park 60130
Phone: 708-366-5742

Oak Park (District 97) Special Education
260 Madison, Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-524-3000

River Forest (District 90) Special Education
7776 Lake Street
Phone: 708-771-8282



Additional information and forms can be found in our Resource Library for Health Care Professionals.