SoonerStart - EI
SoonerStart is Oklahoma's early intervention program designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and/or developmental delays. Early Intervention Services are provided for eligible children (birth - up to 3 years of age) and their families. Children are eligible with an automatically qualifying diagnosis (such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.) or by developmental evaluation with two 25% delays or one 50% delay. Most services take place in the child's natural environment, which may include the child's home or daycare and could extend to other community settings. The goal of SoonerStart is to provide families and children with ideas and interventions that promote typical development.
OSDH SoonerStart Website
State Department of Education
Services: Developmental testing is available for the following areas:
• Gross motor
• Fine motor
• Receptive language
• Expressive language
• Hearing screening
• Vision screening
Intervention services may include:
• Family training, counseling and home visits
• Nutrition and vision consultation
• Speech/Language Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Monitoring child development
• Resource coordination
• Special instruction
Fee: All services are provided at no cost to families. This program is mandated by federal and state law and is funded through various state and federal sources.
Hours: Phones are answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Intervention visits are arranged individually between family and service provider.
How to Obtain a Referral: The area office is located at the Jackson County Health Department in Altus. You may fill out the SoonerStart referral form and fax to Dee Ann Pierce at Jackson County Health Department (580) 477-2763. You may also call the Jackson County Health Department at (580) 482-7308 for more information.