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Early Intervention

The first three years of life are the most critical in a child’s development. There are typical signs of growth and development, and each child learns and grows differently. Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other infants and toddlers. Sometimes, as they grow, children may have trouble seeing, hearing, talking, walking or have other special needs. That’s when Early Intervention can help.

First Three Years

The first three years of life are the most critical in a child’s development. There are typical signs of growth and development, and each child learns and grows differently. Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other infants and toddlers. Sometimes, as they grow, children may have trouble seeing, hearing, talking, walking or have other special needs. That’s when Early Intervention can help.

Key Principles

Early Intervention’s key principles are: 

  • Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  • All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children's learning and development.
  • The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children's lives.
  • The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child's and family members' preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on children's and families' needs and family-identified priorities.
  • The family's priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  • Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
Early intervention

Services May Include

We offer parents information about child development, activities to enhance development and referrals to community resources which provide services to children under the age of 3 and their families

Assessments

Developmental screenings, assessments and evaluations.

Development of IFSP

Development of an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan)

Service Coordination

Providing coordinated services to infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays in Ohio.

Specialized Services

Link you to specialized services your child may need (i.e. Physical, Occupational & Speech therapies).

Transition to Preschool

We can assist your child with their transition to preschool.

Resources

Contact us to learn more about resources available to parents and children in our community.

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Baby Bill of Rights

Talk to Me

Sing, hum, babble, or even read the funnies to me! I don’t know what you're saying, but I need to hear you. And I do know what you mean, even if I may not know the words. Like your voice tones mean, “I love you”, or when you yell, I hear, “You're a pest!” Unless you communicate with me, how can I learn? I learn from you.

Hold Me

Everything is so big and new to me. I don't understand where I am. Or who I am. And I get scared, but when you hold me, your heartbeat makes me feel I belong here. I belong to you.

Answer my Cry

Everything is so big and new to me. I don't understand where I am. Or who I am. And I get scared, but when you hold me, your heartbeat makes me feel I belong here. I belong to you.

You Won't Spoil Me

You'll help me be a better baby and make you happier, too.

Love Me

Like me. Love me just as I am. Don't expect me to do what I can't do. Like being toilet-trained. My muscles aren't ready yet. I know I'm messy. But I'm growing. Overlook my baby weakness. You're the most important person in my world. I can't make it without you. So get to know me. Have fun with me, and love me...just as I am.

“It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into.”

– Terri Guillemets