Frequently Asked Questions
How is Early Intervention funded?
The Early Intervention program is funded through the federal government. Any child who is found eligible for services is entitled to receive Early Intervention services in their natural environment at no cost to the family. Families do not pay out of pocket for services nor go through their private insurances.
Where and When do Early Intervention therapy services take place?
Early Intervention services take place in a child's natural environment. This is your home, daycare, community, playground, grandparentís house, babysitterís, etc. Services are scheduled on days and times that are most convenient for families.
How do I know if my child is eligible for Early Intervention services?
Once the Early Intervention program is contacted, families are set up with a service coordinator who arranges for an independent assessment of each child to take place in each child's natural environment. The evaluation looks at 5 areas of development (Personal/Social, Self-Help, Cognitive, Motor, and Communication Skills). There are three ways that a child may be eligible for services: A diagnosis with a high likelihood for delays, a score of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean or a 25% delay in any ONE area of development. The child may also, under certain circumstances, qualify by clinical opinion (i.e. the child did not meet the criteria in #1 or #2, but the evaluation team feels the child will benefit from therapy in their clinical opinion).
How often are therapy sessions held?
Frequency and duration of services depend upon the individual needs of each child. Services range from 45 minutes to 1 hour and can be monthly, bi-monthly or weekly. The primary goal of Early Intervention services is to show families what they can do throughout each day to help their children so that therapy is not just being done during actual treatment sessions, but is carried over throughout each day by the family as a part of their daily routines.
How long will my child be able to receive services?
Services are available for children ages birth to three years. A child is eligible for services for one year after qualifying. If a child's family is satisfied with the progress made, services may stop at any time. Upon being in the program for one year, a re-evaluation is conducted to determine if a child is still eligible for services. If a child is found to be eligible again, they will receive services for one more year or until the child turns three. The frequency and duration of sessions depends upon the individual needs of each child.
What happens when my child turns 3?
As a child approaches his or her third birthday, a transition meeting is held with the local Intermediate Unit to discuss options for preschool settings and plan for a continuation of therapy services which may be needed for each child in a school-based setting.
Infant-Toddler Therapy Services Program