Georgia Department of Public Health - District 4 Public Health - Babies Can't Wait - Heard County Health Department
UPDATED: July 19, 2021
The Babies Can’t Wait program serves children under 3 years old who have special needs, developmental delays or chronic health conditions. We provide screening for developmental concerns, in which we can evaluate physical and cognitive health, motor skills, communication, social/emotional growth and adaptive development.
A child’s brain develops most rapidly during their first 3 years, so it is a critical period for detecting developmental delays before they become barriers to healthy development. One in six children in the United States have developmental disabilities, and even more experience delays in language and cognition. These conditions require extra intervention to support the child’s growth and prepare them for success in school.
When it comes to addressing developmental delays, Babies Can’t Wait takes a multi-disciplinary approach. We work with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, special instructors and service coordinators to improve the child’s development potential and meet the family’s needs.
Referred clients are assigned a service coordinator, who supports families with intervention services, training, resources and referrals in the community. In the Babies Can’t Wait program, care usually takes place in the home environment but can be arranged to suit the client’s needs. This program offers:
- Evaluations and assessments (provided for free)
- Personal Service Coordinator (provided for free)
- Child development plans
- Referrals for:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological services
- Speech/language therapy
- Social work/counseling
- Behavioral intervention
This program serves babies 0-36 months (under 3 years) with developmental delays and/or certain diagnosed conditions that have a high probability of resulting in delays (such as blindness, Down syndrome, autism and spina bifida).
Evaluations and service coordination is provided FREE to referred clients, and all other services have a sliding scale fee based on need. Participants are eligible to receive early intervention services regardless of income.
- Insurances Accepted:
- Call for Fee
- Private Insurance
1191 Franklin Pkwy
Franklin, GA 30217
Website:BCW (3rd Section of Link) Heard County Health Department
Phone:706-675-3456 (Heard County Health Department: Main Line)
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