carf accredited. ASPIRE to Excellence
  1. Join Our Mail List

OUR MISSION: To provide services and supports to people with barriers to attain self-direction, inclusion, personal fulfillment, and productivity in all life areas.

mother and toddler

Knox, Daviess and Martin counties contact: First Steps of South Central Indiana 812-917-2950.

Jennings, Jefferson, Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette, Union, and Rush counties contact: First Steps South East 1-866-644-2454

We Provide

Children Services

Early Development for the Growth of Your Child

DSI's innovative programs have won many awards and have received the highest accolades from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

DSI's professional staff represent some of the most qualified and caring in the state. We are the first agency in Indiana to have our employee training certified by the Department of Labor. Part of DSI's thorough training includes CPR, First Aid, Client Rights, Reporting Abuse/Neglect and Exploitation, Blood-Typing Pathogens, Defensive Driving and Enhancing Verbal Skills. Also part of DSI's Curriculum is Louder Than Words and World of Autism training and many others.

baby playing with blocks

DSI is a comprehensive provider, offering families a wide range of services even after your child successfully reaches their early intervention goals. From family support to job training and placement to group home and supported living, DSI provides a service menu built around our consumer's personal goals for greater independence and life fulfillment. Other innovative services include respite care for care-givers, community networking and involvement, recreational programs, follow-along, and support.

Please see some of our consumer success stories, innovative programs, and support network on our website at or check us out on Facebook.

DSI First Steps

baby in balls

DSI therapists provide services for children who may have the following diagnosis:

  • Angelman's Syndrome
  • Apraxia
  • Auditory Neuropathy
  • Autism
  • Brain Bleed
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Feeding Issues
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Genetic Anomalies
  • Sensory Impairments (hearing & visual impairments)
  • Muscle Tone
  • Oral Motor disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • William's Syndrome
  • Other challenges not listed here