WHAT IS EARLY INTERVENTION? Early Intervention is development therapy for children birth to three years old. It is designed to help each child reach his or her individual potential.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Children who may be eligible for Early Intervention Services have one or more of the following conditions:
Motor, intellectual, emotional, or speech delays.
Diagnosed disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism
Conditions that put them at substantial risk for developmental delays such as extremely premature birth.
Eligibility and needs are determined by completion of an evaluation completed by a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist. If found eligible and parents agree to services, a meeting will be held with the Service Coordinator, parents, and other professionals who may have completed evaluations to discuss the results of the evaluations and make recommendations. An Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be written and services will begin.
WHO PROVIDES THE SERVICES? Developmental Therapy is given by a Child Development Specialist who is credentialed by the State of Illinois. Developmental Therapy is play-based therapy that addresses all areas of development. The therapist works closely with other providers, ensuring the child who has been found eligible for services is given the opportunity to enhance and develop his or her skills.