Northwest AEA 12 (Cherokee Service Center)

2020 Iowa 3, Cherokee, IA, USA

Phone 7122252568 | Fax 7122256275


Heartland AEA audiologists and audiometrists provide hearing screenings for infants, young children and K-5 students in schools, all at no cost to parents.

Hearing screenings and hearing tests help to determine those children with normal hearing, those who may need further testing to determine hearing status and those with hearing loss. Early detection of hearing loss can ensure that appropriate services and supports are put in place to meet the unique needs of the child.

Heartland AEA audiometrists perform yearly hearing screenings in:

Accredited public preschools
Head Starts
Public and non-public schools for students in elementary grades
As needed if there are concerns about a child’s hearing. Please reach out to your school’s nurse to connect with the audiologist assigned to your child’s district or school.

Contact your child’s school to learn when screenings are scheduled. If your child does not attend a public preschool and/or you believe your child requires a hearing screening, call the number above to discuss your concerns.

Services:

  • Hearing screen
  • Referrals to specialists as needed

Intake Process:

Call to Schedule a hearing screen (515) 289-2611 or (800) 362-2720

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Early ACCESS

Early ACCESS is an early intervention system of services provided to families. Services provide support and resources to help assist families enhance children’s development through everyday learning environments. Common areas are talking, moving, seeing, listening, thinking, eating, or playing. Every child is eligible for an evaluation. The evaluation will determine eligibility for further services.

Services:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Family Training/Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Vision
  • Transportation

Intake Process:

Call the Iowa Family Support Network at 1.888.425.4371, your local Area Education Agency, or local Child Health Specialty Clinic.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Early Childhood Services provides support and resources to help assist families enhance children’s development through everyday learning environments. Common areas are talking, moving, seeing, listening, thinking, eating, or playing. In addition, a team of professionals with expertise in early childhood special education provide interventions to support children with special health, behavioral, or developmental needs.

Early Childhood Services also provide training and work directly with early childhood providers in community settings such as preschool, child care, and Head Start programs.

Services:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Family Training and Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Special Instruction
  • Vision Services

Eligibility:

Children ages 3 through 5 and early childhood providers serving this age group.

Intake Process:

Contact your local Area Education Agency.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The program provides parents and educators with opportunities to work together in positive ways to improve educational programs for children with special needs. The staff provide support and information to families individually and through parent workshops and support groups.

Services:

  • Family training and support
  • Facilitate links between families, schools, and community agencies.
  • Education on parent/student rights and responsibilities
  • Publish newsletters
  • Library to loan books, pamphlets, and video and audiotapes on Special Education
  • Support for managing challenging behaviors at home.

Eligibility:

Families with children who have a disability, age birth through 21, educators, and other individuals who work with people with disabilities.

Intake Process:

Contact the program coordinator assigned to your school district.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website