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.
Once your child is found eligible for EI services, you will be assigned a team consisting of an EI Service Coordinator, service providers, and your family. 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.
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.
How can I get help for my child?
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.