First Steps Provider of Early Intervention


We serve children from birth to three years with a diagnosed disability or a developmental delay (including children who are biologically at risk of a developmental delay). We provide family support and education to help families become more effective in reaching their child’s developmental goals. Services are provided to any family found eligible by the First Steps program in their home, at a child care setting or another community location.

Early Intervention Services

We are with you through the  journey. We provide physical, occupational, speech-language, developmental and augmentative communication therapy services utilizing a family-focused, collaborative team approach. We also are committed to easy transition from early intervention to outpatient therapy services at both our north and south locations.

We give you more. We provide access to nursing, nutrition, social work, and psychology services, when needed. Resources such as support groups, access to computers/Internet, books/dvds/videos and information/referral services are available in our Autism Family Resource Center.

Parents’ Night Out (PNO) respite services occur every Friday night from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at various locations. PNO is available at no charge to families of children with special needs and their siblings, ages 6 months through 12 years.

We are familiar with your child’s situation. Our staff has experience serving children with diverse diagnoses including autism/ASD, tracheotomies, torticollis, sensory integration disorders, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, high and low muscle tone, Erb’s Palsy, chromosomal abnormalities, premature births and prenatal drug exposure.

Our staff expertise includes nationally recognized certifications (NDT, SIPT) and trainings such as Beckman Oral Motor, Kay Toomey SOS Feeding, and PECS training, as well as ongoing access to continuing education to enhance clinical skills, as needed.

Our team of experienced professionals are led by our Medical Director, Charles Dietzen, MD, a Board Certified Physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Children may be referred to the Central Indiana First Steps program by anyone, including a parent or a physician. To make a referral, please call 317.257.2229 or refer online at

Ages and Stages Questionnaires

Easterseals offers a free, comprehensive and confidential online screening tool to help guide and keep track of your child’s growth and development during these first five years.

Learn more about the Ages and Stages Questionnaires and take the online version.

We know that you have many options when it comes to choosing an early intervention agency for your child; we hope that you request Easterseals Crossroads as your provider.