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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 Available 

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