Early Intervention

Anne Carlsen Early Intervention is a home-based service where professionals and parents/caregivers work together as partners to help children, from birth to age three, learn and participate as independently as possible in their everyday life. We help identify learning opportunities and provide emotional support, instruction, information, and resources so parents and caregivers can help the child develop to their full potential.

Anne Carlsen Early Intervention provides services in the natural environment that focus on the family. This approach focuses on the whole child and family rather than a specific area of development because development in children does not occur in separate areas. We empower parents as their child’s first and best teachers and therapists.

Early Intervention services are for children from birth through their third birthday with developmental delays in the areas of language, cognitive, physical, social, or self-help skills. We provide free comprehensive developmental evaluations to all children who are referred to the program regardless of eligibility. Even if the child is not found eligible for Early Intervention, parents will still have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation and receive a detailed report outlining the child’s unique strengths and needs, including specific skills to work on.

Additional recommendations for strategies to use with the child or other activities and services in the community that may be beneficial are also included. If you have a concern about a child, please don’t hesitate to contact Anne Carlsen Early Intervention.



(701) 952-3500

Devil's Lake
(701) 662-6324

(701) 551-1746

Grand Forks
(701) 775-8934

Specialty Services

Throughout our communities, we offer a variety of opportunities for children to learn new skills and to learn and grow in a new environment. Some of these opportunities include playgroups, feeding programs, sensory Santa, Sibshops and more.

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Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

When your child is eligible for early intervention, a team meeting will happen at your home.  As a team, we will discuss your daily routines and come up with goals to work on that will help your child gain skills. The IFSP focuses on learning strategies and opportunities that take place during your daily routines to help your child learn and develop to his/her full potential.  We provide home based services that focus on family, free of charge.

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Early intervention is comprised of Educators, Occupational therapists, Speech therapist, Social workers, and/or Physical therapists. One team member is the primary home visitor. However, consultations can happen at home with any of these disciplines to provide new ideas and more concentrated suggestions.

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We will work with your family to find out if there are developmental needs that require early intervention services for your newborn to 3-year-old. Eligibility is based on a comprehensive developmental evaluation. The full assessment is completely free and can help answer questions that parents have about their child’s development. This assessment will be completed by a Speech/Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, or a Special Educational Professional.

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Home Visits

Home visits are held with caregivers to help their child gain skills and improve learning. These visits incorporate what you are already doing in your daily routines to help the child in their most natural setting.

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Team Members

Team members, including Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Licensed Social Workers, and Early Childhood Special Educators, provide consultations in their areas of expertise when needed.

How to Get Started

Call your Regional Early Intervention Program


(701) 551-1746

Grand Forks

(701) 775-8934 ext. 21


(701) 952-3500

Devil's Lake

(701) 662-6324

Developmental Milestones for Infants and Toddlers

0 - 3 months


  • Looks back and forth between two objects
  • Watches an object moved slowly through the line of sight


  • Startled by loud noises
  • Turns head toward speaker
  • Makes noises other than crying
  • Differentiated cry for fatigue, hunger and pain

Social or Emotional

  • Looks at adult face
  • Stops crying when talked to, picked up, or comforted
  • Turns at will toward or away from person or situation


  • Sucking reflex: sucks nipple when placed in mouth
  • Rooting reflex: turns mouth toward hand rubbing cheek
  • Opens mouth and sticks out tongue in anticipation of feeding when seeing breast or bottle
  • Expresses displeasure when clothes are pulled over head
  • Enjoys bath; keeps eyes open and indicates pleasure when placed in warm water
  • Sleeps at 4 – 10-hour intervals


  • Walking reflex: when held upright with feet resting on flat surface, lifts feet alternately in walking-like motion
  • Closes fingers when light pressure is applied to open palm
  • Lifts and rotates head
  • Lifts head 45 degrees with support of elbows
  • Kicks reciprocally when on back
  • Extends both legs when on stomach


  • Breast or bottle feed on demand
  • Hold baby to feed
  • Give only breast milk or formula
  • Burps as needed through feeding
3 - 6 months
6 - 9 months
9 - 12 months
12 - 18 months
18 - 24 months
24 - 30 months
30 - 36 months

Early Intervention FAQs

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