Child & Family Connections





Parenting Packet



























Child & Family Connections

510 Maine Street, Quincy, IL 62301

217-222-9592 or toll free 1-888-222-9592

fax 217-222-9593


Jacksonville Satelite Office

125 Webster Ave Jacksonville, Il 62650

217-245-8755  fax 217-243-1656


Child and Family Connections will assist your family with evaluations and assessments for your child, age birth to their third birthday, to determine eligibility for Early Intervention / Child & Family Connections services.  We will then assist in developing an Individual Family Service Plan "IFSP", to help your child learn and grow and to link you to many services in the community.

Early Intervention Services are:

  • Developmental Therapy
  • Developmental Therapy-Hearing DTH
  • Developmental therapy-Vision-DTV
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Nutrition
  • Social Work
  • Parent Liaison
  • Social-Emotional
  • Assistive Technology

                                                It is Up To You!

Helping your child reach his/her developmental milestones is the goal of all therapists. However, accomplishing these goals can only happen if you are involved:

  • Observe the entrie therapy session.
  • Ask the therapists questions.
  • Make sure you understand what the therapists are doing.
  • Follow the directions of the therapists.

Remember ! Early Intervention/ Child & Family Connections staff and providers are a part of your child's life for a very short period of time. It is YOU that your child must count on to provide them with those necessary skills that will lead to their highest level of development.






























Things to Watch for in the Development of Young Children

  • Interest/Hearing: An infant or toddler startles at loud noises and should fuss to be fed, have diapers changed or to be held. A baby should not be irritable all the time. By 6 months, a baby is interested in toys and people. He/she should try to locate the source of sound.
  • Head Control/Sitting: A baby can usually pick up his/her head to look around after three months and sit up after eight months.
  • Social/Play: By four months a baby smiles when spoken to and reaches out to be held by six months. Around eighteen months, a toddler likes to imitate adults: by the age of two he/she likes to play near other children.
  • Using Hands: Infants and toddlers should not use one hand more than the other all of the time. After four months the hands of a baby should be mostly open and should no longer be in tiny fists or with thumbs tucked in. By age one, a baby can pinch cereal bits between one finger and thumb.
  • Vision: A baby willl usually blink at shadows and by four months follow objects with eyes. A toddler should not always have to hold items closely to see them and eyes should not cross for long periods.
  • Leg Movement/Walking: A baby should kick both legs at the same time and should not always push back with his/her shoulders when sitting. He/she should not arch the back and neck when lying on his/her back. A toddler usually walks before fifteen months.
  • Talking: By nine months, babies try to imitate sounds and by eighteen months should have 5-10 words. By age two, a child uses two-word phrases.