What is Early Intervention?
Key Principles of Early Intervention (EI) Services
▪ Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
▪ All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
▪ The primary role of a service provider in EI is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
▪ The EI process, from initial contact through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles, and cultural beliefs.
▪ Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
▪ The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary service provider (PSP) who represents and receives team and community support.
▪ Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
Purpose of Early Intervention Services
▪ Assist families of eligible infants and toddlers to support their children in attaining age-appropriate developmental levels,
▪ Recognize the significant brain development that occurs during a child’s first three years of life,
▪ Enhance the capacities of families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers,
▪ Minimize the potential for further developmental delays,
▪ Reduce the educational costs to society by minimizing the need for. special education and related services at school age, and
▪ Maximize the potential for independent living in society.
Services and/or Specialists that may be available to your child and family include:
- Early Childhood Special Educator (ECSE)
- Speech-language Pathology/Audiology services, Sign/Cued Language services (SLP)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Psychological services
- Medical services as needed for diagnostic or evaluation purposes
- Early identification, assessment, and evaluation
- Health services
- Vision services
- Assistive technology – devices & services
- Transportation and related cost to facilitate participation