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Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system that provides services to families of children birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities.  Early Intervention is built upon the principle that infants and toddlers learn best through every day experiences and interactions with familiar people.

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What is Early Intervention?

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Early Intervention helped improve Dawson's skills and taught me different ways to teach him new skills too.

-Laura Brown, mother of Dawson

Who can make a referral?

Anyone can make a referral for a child! Referrals can be made by parents, friends, relatives, teachers, medical professionals, community programs, or anyone who believes that a child residing in Ashtabula County may benefit from and qualify for Early Intervention services.

Is there a cost for services?

Ashtabula County Early Intervention services are offered to families at no cost to them. Services are funded through a combination of local and state funds. Local funds are generated from Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities levies.

How will I know if my child is eligible?

Eligibility is based on a diagnosis or through a process which includes an evaluation tool, information gathered from you, observation, and review of your child’s medical records. 

Who is on the Early Intervention team?

Once your child is found eligible for EI services, you will be a part of a team consisting of your family, an EI Service Coordinator, and service providers.  These team members will work with you to develop goals for your child and create strategies that can be used in your home, or other familiar settings.

The members of the team may include:

  • Developmental Specialists

  • Speech Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Vision Specialist

  • Audiologist

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

  • PLAY Project Consultant

Depending on your concerns as well as information gathered during the intake process, one of these team members will be assigned as the Primary Service Provider (PSP) for your family.

What is the PLAY Project?

The PLAY Project is an evidenced-based Autism intervention offered to families receiving Early Intervention services through the Ashtabula County Board of DD.  A PLAY Project consultant teaches you strategies to grow positive relationships between your child and your family through play.  You will also learn to build your child’s skills in language, behavior, and socialization.  Our goal is to help you connect with your child through playful interaction so they can reach their fullest potential!

How can I get help for my child?

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Early Intervention has been a blessing to Colton and our family. The services have helped us open the door to getting our son the help he needs in both his speech delay and feeing aversions to ensure that he thrives in his childhood.

-Ryan Hall, mother of Colton

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