Early Intervention Program Description
WHAT IS EARLY INTERVENTION?
The first three years of life are the most crucial period for a child’s growth and development. Congenital, genetic, medical or environmental conditions may prevent young children from learning to move, explore, communicate and develop a sense of their own identity. The primary focus of early intervention is family education, training and support.
The early intervention program is designed to enable parents and other caregivers to realistically assess the child’s developmental needs, incorporate educational and therapeutic strategies into daily routines and utilize available community resources. The early intervention program will provide intervention strategies tailored to the life style and values of the family. It will serve as a guide to reinforce effective parenting skills in order to foster the growth and development of the child at risk.
By working collaboratively with those who have the greatest influence, the early intervention program strives to insure that each child, regardless of severity of need, will reach his or her maximum developmental potential.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES?
Eligible children include those between birth and three years of age who were born with a disability or health condition that affects their development.
Children who were born prematurely; have feeding, vision or hearing issues; are slow to crawl, sit, walk, talk or do things for themselves; have behavior or attention difficulties or have been identified as having environmental risk factors may also be eligible.
Parents are encouraged to call the early intervention program if they have any concerns related to their child’s development.
THE EARLY INTERVENTION TEAM
One staff member will be assigned as the service coordinator for each child enrolled in the program. The service coordinator will work closely with the family and other caregivers to develop strategies to incorporate intervention strategies into the child’s daily routines.
The early intervention team may consist of:
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Developmental Specialist
- Registered Nurse
Mental Health Clinician