What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention is the process of anticipating, identifying and responding to concerns about a baby’s or toddler’s development in order to minimize potential adverse effects and maximize healthy development. This includes planned activities and strategies concerned with promoting the basic, “brand new skills” babies typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:
Physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking)
Cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems)
Communication (talking, listening, understanding)
Social/Emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy)
Self-Help (eating, dressing)
Why Early Intervention Matters.
Understanding Your Child
The family will work together with their “team” to collaboratively plan and write goals for their child and family to enhance their child’s participation and learning in natural environments and everyday activities, using the child’s and family’s strengths to overcome challenges and accomplish goals that reflect family priorities for their child’s development.
These goals go on a plan called the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan). With the help of EI professionals on your IFSP team, families decide which strategies/activities, services, and supports will help them reach their goals for their child and family.
How First Connections Helps
What We Do
First Connections contracts with licensed/certified agencies throughout the state to provide intervention supports and services necessary to meet the child’s functional goals on the child’s and family’s plan.
Early intervention supports and services are funded through the family’s health insurance and/or Medicaid. Services are provided at no cost to the family.
Early intervention is designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability while offering education/training to help parents understand their child’s developmental abilities in order to promote their child’s development.