Early Intervention Services – Overview

Early intervention refers to services:

§         Designed to meet the developmental needs of each child eligible under this part, and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child's development in any one or more of the following areas:

·         Physical development,

·         Cognitive development,

·         Communication development,

·         Social or emotional development, and

·         Adaptive development.

§         Selected in collaboration with the parents.

§         Provided to a client:

·         Under public supervision,

·         By qualified personnel,

·         In conformity with an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and

·         At no cost, unless, subject to a sliding fee schedule.

§         Meet the standards of the state, including the requirements of this part.

Early intervention services are available to all infants and toddlers with developmental delays/disabilities in the state and their families, including:

§         Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families residing on a reservation geographically located in the state.

§         Infants and toddlers with disabilities who are homeless children and their families.

§         Infants and toddlers with disabilities who are wards of the State.

Natural Environments

To the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the child, early intervention services are provided in natural environments that infants and toddlers without disabilities would participate in, including the home and community settings.

Service providers are responsible for:

§         Consulting with parents, other service providers, and representatives of appropriate community agencies to ensure the effective provision of services in that area.

§         Training parents and others regarding those services.

§         Participating in the multidisciplinary team's assessment of a child and the child's family, and in the development of integrated goals and Outcomes for the IFSP.