The Autism puzzle
The professional journal AUTISM has moved away from using the puzzle piece as a symbol.  Read why HERE.

KIDSTEPS Brittany Farrell recently attended a conference by the amazing Dr. Temple Grandin.  Have you heard of her?  Dr. Grandin didn’t speak until she was nearly four.  She was fortunate to receive early speech therapy and was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five.  She became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today, she is professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.

Brittany shared her observations of the conference and Dr. Grandin.   Dr. Grandin “talked about her recent research (theory on genetic crossover with animal and human behaviors) her adventures with artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, and strategies for parents to try.”  Brittany was also excited to meet Eustacia, Dr. Grandin’s 92-year-old mother, who said, “Once you are a mother, you never stop being a mother…” and “There are no answers, only choices…and they can change.”   She emphasized the importance of early intervention.  Learn more about Dr. Grandin HERE. AND

KIDSTEPS is the children’s division of SARAH Inc. and is a Birth to Three early intervention program serving infants and toddlers with developmental delays.  The KIDSTEPS service region encompasses 31 towns throughout southern and eastern Connecticut.  Our professional staff of certified therapists, early childhood specialists and teachers offer therapeutic consultation, treatment and counseling to families to help them meet their children’s developmental goals.  Service coordination helps each family make vital connections to community resources.

KIDSTEPS Family and Children’s Resource Center (FCC) is a part of the children’s division.  The FCC mission is to meet the needs of families concerned about their child’s social, emotional and physical development and educational success.  The FCC works in collaboration with other community organizations to provide a therapeutic, integrated and inclusive learning experience for differently-abled children (ages birth to 12), their families and typical peers.  Programs are open to all children.  This program is funded through grants and donations. Click here to see our programs on Facebook.

Towns Served:
Bozrah , Branford , Canterbury, Clinton, Deep River, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Hamden, Killingworth, Lisbon, Madison, Meriden, Montville, New Haven, New London, North Branford , North Haven, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Sprague, Wallingford, Waterford, Westbrook and West Haven.
Staff are local and familiar to the community they serve.

How to Request an Evaluation
To request a Birth to Three early intervention evaluation you can:

A) Call the toll-free intake phone number at Child Development Infoline (1-800- 505-7000)


B) Complete the online referral form on the Birth to Three System web site (

If you would like KIDSTEPS to provide the evaluation you must request us by name during the intake process. Otherwise, your child will be assigned to the program in your town that is next on rotation. Please contact the KIDSTEPS Director at 203-453-7592 ext. 101 if you have any questions.

For more information call us at 203-453-7592 or use our contact form