Central Rivers AEA serves students from birth to the age of 21. The eligibility requirements for children to receive services differ depending on the age of the child. In all cases, however, services are free and are based on eligibility and need. If you believe that a child or student may be in need of AEA services, we are here to assist you!

Children Birth-3 years

If your child is between the ages of birth to 3 years and may need assistance, you can make a referral or request an evaluation by completing the referral form or by contacting:

Nicole Heiselman

Amanda Hennigar

Julie Sherburne, Central Rivers AEA Early ACCESS Regional Coordinator

Elissa Berding, Central Rivers AEA Early ACCESS Regional Coordinator


Children 3-5 years

How do I make a referral for AEA services?

  • Parents: If you are concerned about your child’s learning and/or development, please contact Rebekah Robbs at Central Rivers AEA, via email or phone call.
  • Teachers in a school-based preschool: Referrals may be made by contacting your Early Childhood Collaborator, Team Representative, or other appropriate staff (i.e. SLP for speech/language concerns). Provide your contact person with the date you discussed the referral with the child’s parent.
  • Medical providers and outside agencies/center-based providers: Referrals may be made by contacting Rebekah Robbs at Central Rivers AEA, via email or phone call. You will need to provide basic information about the child as well as the date that you spoke with the child’s parent about making the referral.
Rebekah Robbs
rrobbs@centralriversaea.org
(319)268-7608

Students 5-21 years

The Child Find process is different for students who are of school age. A parent may request an evaluation by contacting an administrator at the student’s school.