Conditions leading to delay

High Probability Conditions

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The following list of diagnosed conditions that result in automatic eligibility for Minnesota's Infant and Toddler Intervention services has been developed through a review of current literature and other state's lists of eligible conditions. Developing an exhaustive list of conditions is not practical. Therefore, the list below should be considered as examples of conditions with a high probability of resulting in a delay. If you are unsure, please view the list of actions you should take in determining eligibility if a specific condition is not listed.

The absence of a specific diagnosis or condition listed on this web page does not automatically rule out a child's eligibility status. In order to provide a definite "yes" or "no" answer, you may need to obtain additional information from the child's health care provider, as well as compile available developmental outcome information from various reputable sources. Eligibility technical assistance is available by emailing

* It is important to remember that children with conditions with a high probability of resulting in a delay are eligible for services even if the child is not currently demonstrating a need or delay.

Conditions or disorders with a high probability of resulting in a delay

1) Chromosomal / genetic 4) Physical conditions
2) Neurodevelopmental 5) Sensory conditions
3) Prenatal / perinatal conditions 6) Social or emotional conditions


1. Chromosomal / genetic

A. Conditions or syndromes that are likely to result in intellectual disabilities such as:

B. Conditions where life expectancy may be limited such as:

C. Certain metabolic, endocrine and hemoglobinopathies generally identified by the newborn screening program

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2. Neuro–developmental disorders such as:

A. Autism Spectrum Disorders
(may include Autistic Disorder, Childhood Autism, Atypical Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Asperger´s Disorder, or other related pervasive developmental disorders)

B. Cerebral palsy

C. Neural Tube Defects
(NTDs – birth defects of the spine and brain) such as:

D. Epilepsy

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3. Certain prenatal / perinatal conditions

A. Disorders secondary to exposure to toxic substances, such as:

B. Prenatal infections such as: Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

C. Very Low Birth Weight: Infants born at <1500 grams

D. Grades III and IV intracranial hemorrhage (PVH–IVH, stroke)

E. Hypoxic–Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

F. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

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4. Physical conditions

A. Neuro–muscular disorders such as:

B. Respiratory

      Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

C. Toxic Exposures such as:

Elevated blood lead level of ≥ 45 µg/dL (based on
MN Childhood Blood Lead Screening Guidelines

A child with ≥ 15 µg/dL should be automatically referred to: Minnesota Help Me Grow for a developmental evaluation.

D. Complex Health Conditions which are conditions impacting multiple organs or systems

E. Musculoskeletal

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5. Sensory

A. Hearing loss as recommended by the Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention team

B. Vision impairment: A diagnosed vision impairment that is not correctable with treatment, surgery, glasses or contact lenses. CDC Vision Loss Fact Sheet, English and Spanish (PDF)

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6. Social or Emotional Conditions

A. Axis I conditions from the Diagnostic Classifications 0–3 including:

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How will I know if a condition is one that meets the eligibility criteria?

In order to help determine if a child has a condition or disorder that has a high probability of resulting in a delay, you will need the following information. You can also visit our Eligibility Decision Guidelines (birth to 3 years) webpage.

1. Obtain the name of all diagnoses, conditions or disorders from the child´s health care or mental health provider.

  • Be sure to get a list of all health conditions a child has. This information will give the team a complete picture upon which to make an eligibility determination.
  • Since many conditions sound similar, make sure to get an accurate spelling.
  • Verbal confirmation of the diagnosis/condition/disorder from the appropriately licensed health care professional or clinic is required prior to determining eligibility.

2. Review the literature and available research in order to learn about the condition:

3. Solicit input from the child´s health care provider(s) to assist in establishing eligibility by using Informed Clinical Opinion independently:

  • What is this child´s prognosis?
  • Do you anticipate there will be an impact on development in either the short–term or long–term?
  • Has this child been hospitalized frequently? Are frequent hospitalizations anticipated?
  • Has this child had other complications?

Eligibility technical assistance is available by emailing

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What does “conditions or disorders with a high probability of resulting in a delay” mean?

“High probability” means that current research findings indicate that at least 50% of children with a given condition will experience a developmental delay in one or more areas of development at school age.