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CSDA: Frequently Asked Questions

Who may refer a child and family to the CDSA? 

A parent, physician, allied health or education professional may refer a family to the CDSA. Please call 336 713-7412

Are there any costs to the family for Early Intervention services through the CDSA? 

Evaluations, screenings, and Service Coordination are at no cost to all families. Some services, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy, may have family costs based on a state sliding fee scale that takes family size and income into consideration. There are no costs to families for any services for children covered by Medicaid. Some costs may be covered by a family’s private insurance. 

How can Early Intervention help my child? 

Early intervention is designed to help both children and families. There is extensive literature showing that early intervention is effective in helping children with disabilities and their families. See, for example, 

Early intervention for infants and toddlers takes a family-centered approach. Families are free to pursue or decline any supports or services offered, and to proceed with early intervention at their own pace. All supports and services are based on the family’s priorities and needs. CDSA staff work collaboratively with families to help clarify and prioritize outcomes, interventions, and strategies. As professional interventionists, we strive to help families with educational, emotional, and financial supports, and to help parents and other care givers best promote their child’s development. 

Where are early intervention services delivered? 

By law, early intervention services are delivered, to the maximum extent appropriate, in natural environments including the home and community settings in which children without disabilities participate. Some services, such as hearing and other evaluations, may be provided in a clinic setting. 

Are there any local parent support groups or agencies I can talk with about early intervention? 

Yes. Please visit the Family Support Network’s website for information. 

What happens when my child leaves the Infant-toddler Early Intervention program? 

Your assigned Service Coordinator will work with you well before your child leaves the program to assure a smooth transition. Families choose whether or not to pursue other programs and services as their child prepares to transition following CDSA enrollment. For more information about transitioning, please refer to the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program.   

Where can I get more information about the NC Early Intervention Program 

Please visit

Where can I get more information about early intervention in general? 

Please visit the Center for Parent Information and Resources