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Early - On

Early On is a federally funded, early intervention program for children birth to three years old. Chitter Chatter provides this free, in-home service to families throughout Wayne County. Children are evaluated for delays in a variety of developmental areas, including language, cognition, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and adaptive skills. Family training is provided two times per month for those that qualify.


The family training model provides families with strategies and activities to promote their child’s development in the areas of concern. Family trainers come from a variety of disciplines, including speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, and education. Families are also provided with information regarding community resources and referrals to programs to supplement Early On.

To learn more, access the Early On website at https://www.1800earlyon.org A referral can be completed through the our website directly, or by contacting Chitter Chatter PC Early On Coordinator, Suha Farhoud at 313-689-5188 and requesting an Early On evaluation.

Signs & Symptoms

Early On is for eligible children who need support and services because they have what is called a "developmental delay " or a diagnosed disability, also known as an established condition.

Having a developmental delay means it takes a child a little longer to learn basic skills. It may be in any of the following areas:

  • Self-help skills (feeding and dressing)

  • Cognitive skills (thinking, learning, and reasoning abilities)

  • Communication skills (talking, listening, understanding)

  • Physical development (vision, hearing, movement, health)

  • Social-emotional development (feelings, getting along with others, relationships)