Early intervention is a system of services that helps children ages birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:
Physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking) Cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems) Communication (talking, listening, understanding) Social/Emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy) Self-help (eating, dressing)
Examples of early intervention services: If a child has a disability or a developmental delay in one or more of these developmental areas, that child will likely be eligible for early intervention services.
Assistive Technology (devices a child might need) Audiology or Hearing Services Speech and Language Services Counseling and Training for a Family Medical Services Nursing Services Nutrition Services Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Psychological Services
Services may also be provided to address the needs and priorities of the child’s family. Family-directed services are meant to help family members understand the special needs of their child and how to enhance his or her development.