Special Needs and Early Intervention

Children develop at their own pace. From crawling, to walking and speaking, sometimes delays are perfectly normal. Other times, a child may need extra help. When they do, early intervention can help a child catch up, while providing the best outcomes in future years.

From finding the best resources to determine if your child is on track, to getting them the help they need if there is a developmental delay, we can help.

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Special Needs and Early InterventionPrograms & Services

Developmental Milestones Tracker App
Milestones matter! Track your child’s development progress from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun! Download the app for free on your iOS or Android device in English or Spanish - search for "CDC's Milestone Tracker" in your app store. This app is available at no charge and contains NO in-app purchases.


Developmental Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division operates three Regional Centers that serve children and adults who have a diagnosis of intellectual disability or closely related developmental disabilities. To be eligible for services, the applicant must have a documented diagnosis such as Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, or other neurological impairment that is a developmental disability occurring prior to age 22 years. In addition, the person must have substantial limitations in adaptive functioning. Adaptive skill areas include: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, and functional academics. An intake interview will be completed to assist in establishing eligibility and service needs.

  • Southern Nevada: Desert Regional Center – 702-486-7850
  • Northern Nevada: Sierra Regional Center – 775-687-2600
  • Rural Nevada: Rural Regional Center – 775-687-5162


Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers (FRCs) provide case management, information, and referrals for individuals and families in need of assistance in accessing services and programs that will strengthen and support the family. FRCs collaborate with other agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to assist families to obtain needed services. FRCs emphasize community based, collaborative services that are culturally competent, accessible, and flexible. There are 18 FRC Service Areas in Nevada. To find an FRC near you visit the Family Resource Center Programs list on the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services website.


Nevada 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a special telephone number to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Dialing 2-1-1 in almost every part of the United States will connect you to human and social services for your area. 2-1-1 services include places to find emergency food, housing and emergency shelter locations, children’s services, support for seniors, older persons, and people with disabilities, and mental health and counseling services, among many others. You can also search for resources on the Nevada 2-1-1 website or download the App on your phone.

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