Early intervention is a system of services designed to support families with children ages birth to kindergarten who have, or are at risk for, disabilities. Early intervention providers include early childhood special educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and health professionals. These professionals work closely with families to understand and build on children’s strengths and provide services that can support the child and family. They also work in partnership with parents to help children develop their knowledge and skills to reach their potential.
Early Intervention Services
Examples of early intervention services are:
Children and families can receive early intervention services in a variety of settings, at home, or in child care centers or family care homes.
Early Intervention Makes a Difference
There are many positive outcomes for children and families who receive Early Intervention services. More than 20 years of research demonstrates conclusively that early intervention reaps immediate and long-term benefits for children with disabilities, their families, and society. Starting services early improves a child’s ability to develop and learn. Early intervention can produce substantial gains in physical development, cognitive development, language and speech development and self-help skills.
It helps prevent the development of secondary disabling conditions, reduces family stress and can reduce the need for special education services once the child reaches school age.
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