Early Intervention

Early intervention is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s age-appropriate growth and development and supports families during the critical early years. Early Intervention Services are Federally Mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Early Intervention are services designed for eligible children ages birth to age three. This is a critical period of time in a child’s life when positive and rich learning experiences have the greatest impact on a child’s development. Starting services at this early age helps to forge a partnership between parents and professionals that will benefit the child, family and community as a whole.

Early intervention services delivered within the context of the family can aid with many of the following:

  • Improve parenting skills
  • Strengthen families
  • Improve the child’s developmental, social, and educational gains
  • Reduce the future costs of special education, rehabilitation and health care needs
  • Reduce feelings of isolation, stress and frustration that families may experience
  • Help alleviate and reduce behaviors by using positive behavior strategies and interventions
  • Help children with disabilities grow up to become productive, independent individuals
  • Assistance with technological devices, counseling, and family training