The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families
EARLY INTERVENTION (EI)
The Early Intervention Program provides therapy and special education services to children ages birth to 3 with qualifying developmental delays and/or diagnosed disabilities.
Services include things such as speech therapy, special instruction, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Anyone can make a referral to the EI Program with parent agreement. EI is a voluntary program. Service Coordinators provide case management.
An evaluation team comprised of at least two professionals, one who evaluates overall development and one specializing in the child’s area of delay, assess the child in their natural environment.
If the child is determined eligible, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed with the parents within 45 days from the date of referral to discuss EI services that might help the child reach his or her developmental goals. Meetings are held every six months to review these goals and/or revise the plan.
The EI Program also provides individual therapy services to the child and parent teaching in their natural environment. Individual therapists and provider agencies are approved by the State of New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention.
Local Early Intervention Council Committee (LEICC) meetings are held 2- 3 times per year to discuss issues in Early Intervention.
Parental input is most essential to this program.