Waukesha County

Step Three: Evaluation

Step Three: You’ve completed the screening tool and your child seems to be behind in one of more areas. What did the screening tool tell you?

a. My child is slightly behind on a few areas and it would be good to monitor.
Sometimes children do not know how to complete a task due to lack of experience. Coloring is a good example. Many parents do not give their children crayons due to mess or out of fear that they may eat them. Coloring, however, is how children learn to use a tool and is a skill that leads to handwriting; an important skill that will impact success in school.

Need some ideas on how to help your child work on those areas that need to be monitored?

  • The Waukesha County - Lutheran Social Services Early Intervention Programs can help.
  • The Developmental Screening and Support for Infants and Young Children provides phone consultation and information on:
    • Typical development and suggestions on appropriate early childhood activities;
    • Ideas on helping a child gain skills in particular areas; and
    • Community activities and options appropriate for infants and young children.
    • Call the Developmental Screening and Support for Infants and Young Children at 262-548-7212.

b. My child is fairly behind in a few areas and a comprehensive evaluation may be a good idea.
Parents can call and make a referral to the Birth to Three Program. We highly recommend that you, as a parent, talk with your child’s pediatrician prior to calling. Your doctor does not need to make the referral, but they will need to sign a prescription for services and will be asked to review all paperwork.

Your child will need to demonstrate a delay of 25% or more in one or more areas of functioning to qualify for services through the Birth to Three Program. This means that the children who receive services through the Birth to Three Program have fairly significant delays. If you are unsure of whether or not to make a referral, please talk with your pediatrician or call Developmental Screening and Support for Infants and Young Children (262-548-7212). We can help you think through what would be the best option for you and your family.

The Birth to 3 Program in Waukesha County - Lutheran Social Services is committed to supporting families with children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities. The Birth to Three Program's intent is to support the family by using a Parent Support framework.

Parent support is based upon the premise and research that parent involvement is critical to early intervention effectiveness and that parents want information about specific ways they can help their child's development. The Birth to Three Program provides strategies that parents/caregivers can implement in the home or out in the community that will help their child develop and grow in their ability to participate in daily routines and activities.

Learn more about The Wisconsin Birth to Three Program

Learn more about the Birth to Three Program in Waukesha County.


The following services are available at no cost to families that have a child who is eligible or may be eligible for the Birth to Three Program:

  • Identification and Referral
  • Screening
  • Evaluation
  • Development of the Individual Family Service Plan
  • Service Coordination for the eligible child

On-going Birth to Three Program services are not free. Financially able families will be expected to participate in the Parental Cost Share Program.

In Waukesha County, parents are accessed an annual cost share amount as they enroll in the program and then again at the start of the calendar year. Please educate yourself on this process. If your child is eligible for the Program, you will want to be fully area of your financial obligations prior to enrolling in the program.

For Waukesha County Residents, a referral can be made via phone. Please call the Department of Health and Human Services at 262-548-7212 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

To request an evaluation complete the developmental screening Make the First Five Count and call with results at 262-548-7212

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