Whether your child needs help with communication, social development, or cognitive development, early intervention services can make a difference. The programs can help families understand their child’s needs and provide resources to make it happen.
What is the meaning of early intervention?
The process begins with an evaluation of the child. Evaluation results help determine whether or not your child is eligible for Early Intervention services. The evaluation is free and takes place in the home, child care center, or nursery school.
The evaluation should reveal any developmental delays. If you notice your child is showing signs of a developmental delay, call your state’s early intervention program.
An early intervention service is available to help children from birth through age three. It can help them grow and develop, add supports to daily activities, and improve parenting skills.
Depending on your child’s needs, your service coordinator will work with other caregivers to help your child meet milestones. They may also request consultation from other staff members.
The first meeting is typically held in the fall. During this meeting, your service coordinator will give you more information about the early intervention program. He or she will also set up appointments to evaluate your child.
Your service coordinator will also write an Individualized Family Service Plan that describes the services your child will receive. This plan will include when the services will occur and who will provide them.
The IFSP is the brainchild of parents, who are the leading contributors to the plan’s development. It is a whole-family plan that identifies the services your child will receive and the best way to get them.
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