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Article: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Early intervention services provide support and services to children ages birth -3 and can improve outcomes for your child down the road.

Services that are federally mandated to eligible children

These types of coordinated services are delivered through your local school district and available to children birth-3 and are federally mandated to eligible children through the with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Types of services may include:

  • Parenting training, home visits and counseling
  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Social workers and service coordination
  • Transportation services
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological and health services

Begin the Process

To begin the process you will need an initial evaluation to see if your child is eligible. Referrals can be made by a doctor, mental health professional, childcare provider, parent or family member. The initial evaluation will include a developmental screening for your child and parent interview. If your child is eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be established.