About Child & Family Connections
Child & Family Connections will assist your family with evaluations and assessments for your child, birth to age three, to determine eligibility for Early Intervention services. We will then assist in developing an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), to help your child learn and grow, and to link you to many services in the community.
Early Intervention Services include:
- Assistive Technology
- Developmental Therapy
- Developmental Therapy-Hearing DTH
- Developmental Therapy-Vision DTV
- Occupational Therapy
- Parent Liaison
- Physical Therapy
- Social-Emotional Consulting
- Speech & Language Therapy
It is Up to You!
Helping your child reach his/her developmental milestones is the goal of all therapists. However, accomplishing these goals can only happen if you are involved.
- Observe/Interact during the entire therapy session.
- Ask the therapists questions.
- Make sure you understand what the therapists are doing.
- Follow the directions of the therapists.
Your child counts on YOU to provide him/her with the necessary skills that will lead to their highest level of development.
Helpful Child & Family Resources
Credential Agency for CFC / EI
The Hope Institute for Children and Families is a nonprofit center providing educational, residential and health services to children ages 5-21 with multiple developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Are you looking for literacy strategies for children with sensory losses? Children who do not use a formal language system? Children who have multiple disabilities and complex learning challenges?
Child & Family Connections (CFC), serves Adams, Pike, Brown, Cass, Morgan, Scott, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties. CFC staff will assist your family with evaluations and assessments of your child to determine eligibility for Early Intervention Services, birth to age three. CFC staff will then assist in developing an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), to help your child learn and grow, and link you to services you choose.
Kara Hoffman - Program Manager and Service Coordinator for CFC #17; Local Inter-agency Council Coordinator; AT Coordinator for CFC #17
Samantha Zenner - Service Coordinator for Adams and Brown Counties
Sarah Shelley - Service Coordinator for Adams and Pike Counties
Stacy Melton - Social Emotional Consultant
Rebecca Molitor - Social Emotional Consultant
Jo Ann Jones - Developmental Pediatric Consultant
Jacksonville Satellite Office
125 Webster Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone 217.245.8755 Fax 217.243.1565
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Julie Vineyard - Lead Service Coordinator for Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun Counties; Local Interagency Council Coordinator for CFC #17; Parent Liaison for Cass, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Morgan, Pike and Scott Counties
Angela Barfield - Service Coordinator for Morgan and Pike Counties
Jordan Gill - Service Coordinator for Cass, Morgan, and Scott Counties
|License Type||Required PD hours||Registration Fees|
|Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in teaching or school support personnel|
Things to Watch for in the Development of Young Children
|Gross Motor||Fine Motor||Social/Play||Hearing/Vision|
|A baby can usually pick up his/her head to look around after three months.||After four months, the hands of a baby should be mostly open an dshould no longer be in tiny fists or with thumbs tucked in.||By four months, a baby smiles when spoken to and reaches out to be held by six months.||A baby will usually blink at shadows and by four months follow objects with eyes.|
|A baby can usually site up after eight months.||Infants and toddlers should not use one hand more than the other all of the time.||By nine months, babies try to imitate sounds.||An infant or toddler startles at loud noises and should fuss to be fed, have a diaper changed, or to be held. A baby should not be irritable all the time.|
|A baby should kick both legs at the same time and should not always push back with his/her shoulders when sitting. He/she should not arch the back and neck when lying on his/her back.||By age one, a baby can pinch cereal bits between one finger and thumb.||Around eighteen months, a toddler likes to imitate adults and should have 5-10 spoken words.||By 6 months, a baby is interested in toys and people. He/she should try to locate the source of sound.|
|A toddler usually walks by fifteen months.||By the age of two he/she likes to play near other children. A child should also use two-word phrases at this age.||A toddler should not always have to hold items closely to see when and eyes should not cross for long periods.|