If you have a child under the age of three, he or she may qualify for Early Intervention Services. These services help children grow and develop, and they can increase their success in school and life.
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Early Intervention Services are free. Parents can request an evaluation to find out if their child qualifies for these services. The evaluation determines if a child is at risk of having a developmental delay or disability.
During the evaluation process, a team of professionals will meet with the parents and the child to find out what the child needs. This is often done in the home, but it can also take place in a community setting.
During the evaluation, the team will write an Individualized Family Service Plan. This plan describes what the child will receive and when. They will also decide who will provide the services.
Once the child is evaluated, the service coordinator will contact the family and explain the process. He or she will then set up appointments for the evaluation and work with the family to develop a plan for the child.
Early Intervention services are available to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. It can include therapies, including physical, occupational and speech and language therapy. Depending on the child’s needs, other team members may also be involved.
A child who is eligible for Early Intervention will usually receive services in his or her own home, at a child care center, or in a play group. There are other types of programs, such as Head Start, that can provide the same services. Some of these programs offer a sliding scale to lower the costs for families.
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