Resources:
Center for Disease Control & Prevention: 800-232-4636
Kennedy Krieger Institute: 1-888-554-2080
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council: 800-305-6441 (within MD)
Wrightslaw
Parents Place of Maryland: 410-768-9100
HUGS Ministry at Lifepoint Church: 410-239-4700
Carroll County Public Schools Partners For Success: 410-751-3955
Change, Inc: 410-876-2179
Resources For Maryland Families: 877-634-6361
Young Life Capernaum of Carroll County: 443-487-4002
Maryland Disability Law Center: 800-233-7201
Carroll County Public School Birth to Five: 410-876-4437
Abilities Network: 800-492-2523
Autism Society of America: 800-328-8476
ARC of Carroll County: 410-848-4124
Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities: 410-386-3800
Developmental Disabilities Adminstration: 301-791-4670
Disabled American Veterans: 410-605-7000 x6733
Division of Rehabiltation Services (DORS): 410-848-4456
Flying Colors for Success: 410-876-0838
Goodwill Industries, Inc: 410-857-9993
League for People with Disabilities: 410-233-0500
Maryland Department of Disabilies/Tech Assistance Program: 800-832-4827
Mount Washington Pediatric: 410-367-2222
Path Finders for Autism: 443-330-5341
Reflections in Dance: 410-857-9476
Services Coordination: 410-876-0028
Target Community and Education Services: 410-848-9090
West End Adult Medical Day Services (Family & Childrens Serv): 410-848-2433

Developmental Disabilities:

The term "Developmental Disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that: is attributable to a mental or physical delay or combination of mental and physical delay that begins before the individual turns 22 years of age. A delay can occur temporarily or it can be long-term and never fully resolve.

It results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care - receptive and expressive language - learning - mobility - self-direction - capacity for independent living - economic self-sufficiency.

You may have concerns like these:

  • “My child doesn’t respond to my voice.”
  • “He/she hasn’t learned a new word in months.”
  • “He/she doesn’t look at me—he/she never makes eye contact.”
  • “He/she spends a great deal of time lining up toys.”
  • “He/she has no interest in other children.”

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Public Law 106-402. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/ddact/DDACT2.html.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, be prepared, express your concerns clearly, ask questions, and follow up.

Be prepared. If you have questions or concerns, write down a few examples that might assist your doctor. You can find out what is “normal” developmental milestones by visiting this website checklist.

Express your concerns clearly. You have a concern about your child’s development. If your doctor doesn’t think testing is necessary, or isn’t responsive to your concerns. Ask why. And remember, “don’t worry” or “let’s wait and see” are not adequate responses. Schedule a follow up appointment, if necessary, or ask for a referral to a developmental pediatrician. This is your child and is your primary concern.

Ask questions. If there are terms you don’t understand, ask your doctor to explain. Ask what the next step will be.

Follow up. For parents who learn from the screening that their child may be at risk of a developmental delay, follow up is crucial.

Get Connected Family Resource Center • Carroll Non-Profit Center • 255 Clifton Blvd. • Westminster, Maryland 21157 • 410.871.0008

The Get Connected Family Resource Center is a program of Mosaic Community Services, Inc. and is funded through the Carroll County Local Management Board.