The first three years of a child's life are a critical time for development and learning. Early Intervention Services, if provided during these first three years, will help a child to develop age-appropriate skills and will also teach family members how to support the child's development in important ways.
Early Intervention Services are:
- Family Centered
- Occur in the child's natural environment
Eligibility for these services is determined during a developmental evaluation which takes place in your local school district. If a child is behind in any area of development, a team of therapists will determine him or her eligible for services. You will be given an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or report which describes your child's current level of development, areas where improvement is needed, and goals set by yourself and the team of therapists. Then, you will be assigned to a service coordinator and an Early Intervention therapist will contact you to schedule your first visit. Parents are required to participate in the therapy sessions which take place in the child's natural environment (the child's home or school).
What are the benefits of Early Intervention?