Frederick Co. Developmental Center says children with disabilities cases have increased

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The Frederick County Developmental Center is hoping to receive county funding to help with adding an extra employee. The center is looking to add more employees due to an increase in children with disabilities. 

“Our Infant and Toddler Program has had many success stories. We’ve had families where they’ve come into the program and their children have had deficits in a variety of areas and through our early intervening…we’ve been able to work with the family…work with those students and have some very positive outcomes,” said Director of the Frederick County Maryland Developmental Center, Stephen Buckley.

Early intervention services can help infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays learn many key skills and catch up in their development.

“In the County Executives budget…we have asked for an additional position to be funded, and that’s a service coordinator position, and it’s a service coordinator to work in our infants and toddlers program,” said Frederick County Maryland Health Officer, Dr. Barbara Brookmyer.

That’s because the number of referrals the Frederick County Developmental Center saw last year and into this year has increased by about 16% according to health department officials.

“What that means in the number of referrals is that then our service coordinators…who already have a case load that exceeds the recommended case load of one service to 25 clients is far exceeded now two years in a row, where our service coordinators have a case more than 10 over,” added Dr. Brookmyer.

“It’s really important for our program to have this position because what we’ve learned is that the earlier that we get services to our eligible children, then the better ability we have to improve their skills so that they’re typical to their peers,” said Buckley.

The Infant and Toddler Program is free, and parents can refer their own children.  To learn more about the program, please call 301-600-1612.

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