Early intervention services are designed for children under 3 years of age who have developmental delays or disabilities.
Children eligible for early intervention services must be experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas:
cognitive development; physical development, including vision and hearing; language and speech development; psycho-social development; and self-help skills. Children may also be eligible due to diagnosed physical or mental conditions (such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome) or certain family circumstances that put them at risk of having substantial delays.
Early intervention services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, nutrition services, psychological services and social work services. Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are developed for eligible children and their families. The plan outlines the services and supports the family chooses to receive to meet the individual needs of their child. Service coordinators help families obtain the services identified in the IFSP.