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SoonerStart - Early Intervention

SoonerStart is Oklahoma’s early intervention program designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and/or developmental delays.  In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the program builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members in enhancing their infant's or toddler's learning and development through everyday routines. 


SoonerStart/EI Services

Developmental testing includes the following areas:

  • Personal/social
  • Self-help
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Receptive language
  • Expressive language
  • Cognitive
  • Hearing screening
  • Vision screening

Intervention services may include:

  • Family training, counseling and home visits
  • Hearing and vision consultation
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Monitoring child development
  • Resource coordination
  • Special instruction

Phones are answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Intervention visits are arranged individually between family and service provider.

All services are provided at no cost to families. This program is mandated by federal and state law and is funded through various state and federal sources.


Eligibility

Early Intervention Services are provided for eligible children (birth-up to 3 years of age) and their families. Children are eligible with an automatically qualifying diagnosis (such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.) or by developmental evaluation with two 25% delays or one 50% delay. Most services take place in the child's natural environment, which may include the child’s home, or daycare and could extend to other community settings.


Referrals

The area office is located at Comanche County Health Department in Lawton. You may fill out the Sooner Start referral form ( use link for form) and fax to Melody Seigler at Comanche County Health Department (580) 585-6635 (FAX).  You may also call or email Melody Seigler at (580) 585-6610 or MelodyS@health.ok.gov  for more information.


Additional Resources

OSDH SoonerStart Web: OSDHSoonerStart

State Department of Education: SDESoonerStart


Contact Information

Caddo County Health Department
216 West Broadway
Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005
Phone: (405) 247-2507
Fax: (405) 247-9503

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