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Psychological Evaluations

Evaluations that include cognitive and academic assessments along with  behavior rating scales and additional measures as needed based on suspected eligibility categories.  With Specific Learning Disability, patterns of strengths and weakness models are used to meet state requirements for identification.

Mental Health Support

Therapeutic intervention is often necessary when escalated behaviors require consistent support in order for students to function on a daily basis within the educational setting.  We conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments and create Behavior Intervention Plans that are electronic, easy to follow and build data.  

Parent Education

Parent’s are a child’s first teachers.  At times, they need support and guidance to understand plans in place, and how to effectively support their children when additional influences are present.  We offer workshops tailored to meet diverse needs of our families.  

Related Services

We offer services rendered and supervised by Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists that include researched based support and interventions within the school and clinic setting. Services are intentional and monitored to ensure progress occurs and guardians are included in the process and well informed.

Case Management

Individualized Education Plans and systems that house them can be quite cumbersome and difficult to maintain. Our professionals are able to create effective plans and stay on top of compliance dates and parent communication to create quality plans that are truly individualized for each student.

Professional Training

We are continuously growing, and as the world changes, we believe that we need to stay abreast of new technology and research based supports and interventions that will allow us to provide the best services to our clients. We are available to share our knowledge with you and your staff so everyone can benefit and grow.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many signs serve as an early indicator. Some common signs are developmental delays, difficulty in managing behavior, Increased physical complaints, and difficulty in communicating basic needs.

Early intervention services provided by Indiana First Steps is an integral part of the assessment evaluation of the support process ( and Indiana First Steps Facebook)

We are based in Merrillville, Indiana, but we also provide remote services depending on the services needed that include, but not limited to: training, professional development, mental health support, and parent education.  We are willing to travel based on need as well.

We accept insurance, alongside welcoming out-of-network benefits and private pay. To find out if your insurance is accepted, please click here to complete an Intake Form.

Most plans across the US have started to cover for therapy services in addition to other medical costs. However, you should always call your insurance provider in order to fully understand what services and providers are covered in your coverage.

You should know that there is help out there and that we are fully qualified professionals. As always, please call, or email us with your questions and concerns. We will help you prepare for your visit.

We are available Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 7 PM. We also provide telehealth support if allowable based on insurance carrier and support needs.