Early Intervention

The Early Intervention Program provides home-based services to families of children age birth through two with a developmental delay or diagnosed medical condition. Eligibility for services is established through an evaluation from the Help Me Grow Program. For more information about making a referral on a child contact Fairfield County Help Me Grow at (740) 681-4881.

Early Intervention services through FCBDD are designed to support parents and care providers with the kind of competence and confidence they need to give their children many opportunities for learning so they can develop to their fullest potential.

Each family has an Early Intervention Team, which includes an Early Intervention Specialist, a speech, occupational, and physical therapist, as well as the Help Me Grow Service Coordinator. A member of the team is assigned as the Primary Service Provider (PSP) who is the main contact/visitor with the family. The PSP will work with the team of specialists to demonstrate specific activities through coaching and modelling for the parent/care provider to use throughout the day with the child. Research has shown that those who are with the child most (parents/care providers) have the most impact on the progress of the child’s development.

Instead of watching a provider work with a child, the parent/care provider all work together during a visit. It ensures that what is happening is meaningful and functional within the context of everyday life. Coaching provides families with ways to continue their child’s learning and development through all of the activities they normally do together.

For more information contact:
Rebecca Nixon
Early Intervention Supervisor
(740) 652-7225

Preschool Program


Forest Rose School’s Pre-School program provides free and appropriate educational opportunities and services to preschool children with special needs. Pre-school students who are typically developing are also enrolled in the program as social and communication models, and to encourage inclusion and understanding of people with disabilities. The pre-school program is in session Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Children between three and five years of age who reside in Fairfield County and have a documented disability in one or more areas of development are eligible for the program. Forest Rose School’s pre-school is one of the placement options on a continuum of services for pre-schoolers in the county.


The pre-school offers a curriculum based on developmentally appropriate practices with the Early Learning Content Standards embedded. Areas of focus are sensorimotor, communication, social-emotional, cognitive, self-help, and pre-academic readiness. The children are provided many opportunities for self-expression through creative activities. Related services offered through our program that may be specified on a child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) are: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Adapted Physical Education and Transportation.

All teachers and teacher assistants are certified and licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.


If you suspect that your child has delays with their development, you must first contact your local school district to request an evaluation.

  • Fairfield County Educational Service Center (represents Amanda -Clearcreek, Bloom-Carroll, Liberty Union, Pickerington, and Walnut Township School Districts): (740)653-3193
  • Fairfield Union Schools: (740) 653-3193
  • Berne Union Schools: (740) 746-8341
  • Lancaster City Schools: (740) 687-7360
  • Canal Winchester Local School District (614)837-4533
  • Southwest Licking Local School District: (740) 927-3941

Referrals may be made by parents, physicians or others who are knowledgeable about your child’s present levels of functioning. Most districts screen children first before obtaining the parent’s permission for a full multi-factored assessment. Evaluations and services are provided at no cost to families. Once eligibility for services is established, our program may be considered as a placement if it is the setting which would best meet the child’s needs.  


For information or tours of the Forest Rose School Preschool Program contact:

Jodi Blais
Director of Educational Services
Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities
(740) 652-7225 - Office

For Transportation information please call: 740.652.7228

School Age

Forest Rose School provides a free and appropriate educational program for students from 6-22 years of age with multiple disabilities or Autism. It is a fully chartered public school. We are proud of the positive relationships we have with the local school districts in Fairfield County.


Placement at Forest Rose School is determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, consisting of the parents, local school district staff and a representative of Forest Rose School.


Along with a curriculum based on functional academics, special instruction is given in practical skills for living in the community and home as well as training in vocational skills. Forest Rose School promotes the understanding of sensory integration difficulties and offers a Snoezelen environment for students and access to a therapeutic pool. Our team of highly skilled professionals includes:

  • Highly qualified Special Education Instructors
  • Adaptive Physical Education Instructor
  • Behavior Support Specialist
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech- Language Pathologists
  • Resource Room Instructor
  • Transition/Life Skills Coordinator
  • Music Therapist/ Music teacher

For information or tours of the Forest Rose School School Age Program contact:

Jodi Blais
Director of Educational Services
Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities
(740) 652-7225 - Office

ISC - Individual Support Coordination for Children

Individual Support Coordinators of the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities provide a number of services for the individuals and families that we serve, including:

  • Talk with the family about their concerns for the child and for themselves.
  • Identify the child’s and family’s strengths and resources.
  • Clarify the family’s vision for desired futures for their child and for themselves. - Help the family develop an action plan, including how they want Fairfield DD to help.
  • Give the family information about community resources and services, as they request.
  • Help coordinate services the family receives from multiple agencies, including the school system, at the family’s request.
  • Provide information on community activities, support groups and trainings.

For information on Individual Support Coordinators call 740.652.7220.

Therapy Services

Forest Rose School provides a curriculum based on functional living skills and life experiences. In addition to academic development, students participate in Adapted Physical Education with their classmates and may receive individualized attention in Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Vocational Services.


For information or tours of the Forest Rose School, contact:
Jodi Blais
Director of Educational Services Fairfield County Board of DD
(740) 652-7225 - Office