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EarlySteps SPOE

EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development. Easterseals Louisiana's SPOE (System Point of Entry) is the first step in receiving the services provided by Louisiana's EarlySteps Program.

EarlySteps services include screening and assessment and coordination of early intervention for children with developmental disabilities. Easterseals created the Make the First Five Count program to raise awareness for kids at risk for developmental delays, autism and other disabilities. On MaketheFirstFive Count.org,  you can find resources like the Ages and Stages Questionnaires®, a free, online screening tool for parents to track their child's developmental milestones.

EarlySteps Available Services 

  • Assistive technology
  • Audiology
  • Health Services
  • Medical Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work Services
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Transportation (to and from an EarlySteps service only)
  • Vision Services

Eligibility

Children with medical conditions likely to cause disability of developmental delay, or with delays,or with delays in the following areas, may be eligible:

  • Physical Development (crawling, walking, seeing, hearing)
  • Cognitive Development (learning skills or problem solving)
  • Social and Emotional Development (playing with other, showing feelings)
  • Adaptive Development (feeding, getting dressed)
  • Communication (listening, talking, expressing self) 

Parishes Served

Easterseals Louisiana has EarlySteps SPOE offices in New Orleans and Monroe, Louisiana. Below is a complete list of parishes served by ESL. If you do not live in a parish listed below, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website for a complete list of EarlySteps Regional Coordinators. 

Easterseals' New Orleans SPOE Office: provides services to those living in Orleans, St. Barnard and Plaquemines parishes. For more information, please call us at 504-595-3408. 
Easterseals' Monroe SPOE Office: provides services to those living in Union, Lincoln, Jackson, Ouachita, Caldwell, Morehouse, Richland, Franklin, West Carroll, East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes. For more information, please call us at 318-322-4788.

Let's Get Started

Anyone can make an EarlySteps referral. Children can be referred to EarlySteps by contacting the System Point of Entry (SPOE) in their region. Once the SPOE receives the referral, the family will be contacted to begin the eligibility determination process. Learn more about the referral process, here. Easterseals Louisiana has SPOE Offices in New Orleans, Alexandria and Monroe, Louisiana. Click the referral form for your region below and let’s get started! 

New Orleans SPOE Referral Form 
Alexandria SPOE Referral Form
Monroe SPOE Referral Form

More Information & Resources

SPOE Referral Process Guide & Resources

EarlySteps FAQ

Eligibility Criteria FAQ

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