First talk to your pediatrician, friends and family members. Also click on How do I know if my child is developing correctly?. If you think an evaluation may be necessary, refer your child for an evaluation.
Free evaluation programs, referred to as Child Find, are available in Miami-Dade County for all children ages birth to 22 who are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability.
Any person (e.g., doctor, parent, caregiver) can refer a child to one of the following Child Find programs:
Birth to 3 - Early Steps (formerly The Early Intervention Program-EIP) offers evaluations for all children between birth and 3. Early Steps has two locations in Miami-Dade County. Federal law requires that these children be reported to the Early Steps within two working days of being suspected of having a delay.
The north address is:
University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Early Steps
1601 NW 12th Ave.
Miami, Fla. 33136
(305) 243-5600; fax: (305) 243-4595
The south address is:
South Dade Center Early Steps
Miami Children's Hospital
17615 SW 97th Ave.
Miami, Fla. 33157
(786) 268-2611; fax: (305) 252-2778
Early Steps is monitored by Children's Medical Services (CMS) of the Florida Department of Health. This program is often referred to as the Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program or Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Ages 3 to 5 - The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) -South Child Find arranges for free evaluations for all children not attending a Miami-Dade Public Schools and who are ages 3 to 5. FDLRS-South assists families in preparing referral packets and routes the packets to the Regional Center Prekindergarten Diagnostic Team closest to the families' home. (They also offer information about evaluations for children ages, 5 to 22.) FDLRS Child Find has one location:
5555 SW 93rd Ave.
Miami, Fla. 33165
(305) 274-3501; fax (305) 598-7752
The Child Find program is mandated under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). FDLRS-South is operated through the Miami-Dade Public Schools system.
Students already enrolled in a Miami-Dade County Public School program will be evaluated in their school or in their region, not through FDLRS. Families should contact the administration at their child's school regarding a free evaluation.