Early Intervention Makes a Difference!
The earlier a delay or disability is identified, the better the chance is that intervention services can help a child reach his or her potential.
Illinois has a statewide, family-centered service system to find and help children who are eligible for early intervention services as defined in Part C of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Regional Child and Family Connection agencies arrange for evaluations and assessments for children under three. Evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost to families.
Families with eligible children receive an Individualized Family Service Plan, which lists the services and supports that must be made available to the family.
Children eligible for early intervention services are experiencing delays in at least one of these areas:
Cognitive development; physical development, including vision and hearing; language and speech development; psychosocial development; or self-help skills. Children diagnosed with a physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delays or with certain family circumstances which put them at risk of substantial delays are also eligible.
Payment For Services
Early Intervention services are paid for with a combination of government and family resources. The cost of some services are paid by the program and provided to families at no cost. These include evaluation, assessment, development of a service plan, and service coordination. Ongoing Early Intervention services are paid for by the family’s health insurance, when appropriate, government insurance (Medicaid/KidCare), and program funds. Families contribute to the cost of services by paying fees based on a sliding scale.
Early Intervention Services:
- Assistive technology devices and services
- Audiology, Aural rehabilitation and other related services
- Developmental therapy
- Family training
- Health consultation
- Medical diagnostic services (evaluation purposes only)
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological and other counseling services
- Service coordination
- Social work and other counseling services
- Speech/language therapy
- Transportation to services