For Infants - Early Intervention

How our Early Intervention Specialists can Help Families

Early Intervention is a partnership developed to offer help to parents and families when there are concerns with their child's development.

We build supports and resources that enhance children's learning and development through everyday activities in everyday places.

Who?

Children birth to age three residing in Tuscarawas County who are demonstrating a developmental delay or health concern may be eligible for services.

What?

Early Intervention is finding early signs that your child may have delays in one or more of the following areas:

  • Hearing
  • Seeing
  • Moving
  • Thinking
  • Talking
  • Playing
  • Why?

Early Intervention provides strategies & supports for families to use within everyday routines & activities to reach their desired goals.

Where?

Services are provided within the child's natural learning environment (such as the home or day care). Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences & interactions with familiar people in familiar places.

How?

Initial referral is made to Help Me Grow and the family is assigned a Service Coordinator who will help the family access services. Next, an

evaluation is conducted to determine the child's needs.

Team members may include:

  • Parents
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Health Professionals
  • Help Me Grow Service Coordinator
  • What Happens Next?

An individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed with the family to determine goals based on the child's needs & the family's
priorities.
Service delivery utilizes a primary service provider approach and frequency and intensity of services are decided by the team and family.
Collaboration with local school systems is an essential element in providing assistance for transition to preschool programs at age three.
SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST TO THE FAMILY




Program Overview

Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are developed through a discussion of the child's and family's routines, interests, and priorities. Goals can then be developed that are functional in everyday life.

All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their child's learning and development. Intervention can then focus on the family/caregivers' ability to promote the child's participation in naturally occurring environments and developmentally appropriate activities.

The team may include:

  • developmental specialists
  • speech/language pathologist
  • physical therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • The team utilizes evidence-based practices through a Primary Service Provider (PSP) approach to intervention.

With this approach, any team member can be the family's primary early interventionist with consultation from the other team members. The team and family determine who is best suited to meet the child's needs. Services are designed to support the family in carrying out strategies and activities to reach their goals.

Early Intervention is a collaboration with Help Me Grow

For Referrals call 330-339-3493

For Information about Early Intervention Services call 330-339-3577

To Learn More About Help Me Grow, go to www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov