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Early Intervention

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is for infants and toddlers from birth to age three who have a medical diagnosis or developmental delay, and for families who are concerned about a child’s development. Early Intervention is part of the Help Me Grow system of supports.

Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, including:

  • Physical development like crawling or walking

  • Speech delays

  • Social interaction like playing with other children or smiling

You know your child best. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider if you are concerned about your child’s development. If you still have concerns, contact Early Intervention (EI). They can help determine if your child needs services or not.

Research shows that starting Early Intervention services early gives a child the best chance to learn and grow.

Children learn best through everyday experiences and routines in places they know. Your Early Intervention services support your child where you live, play, and spend your day.

Anyone can refer a child to Early Intervention. All it takes is a simple phone call to 216.698.7500 or filling out a short form online.

Early Intervention in Cuyahoga County

After the referral is made, Help Me Grow will:

  • Contact the family
  • Complete an intake assessment and 
  • Connect the family with the Early Intervention Service Coordinator (EISC)

Once your child has been assigned an Early Intervention Service Coordinator, the EISC will:

  • Walk the family through the eligibility process, schedule evaluations and assessments for your child, and work with your Early Intervention team members to ensure a smooth delivery of services
  • Learn about your family, daily activities, and your hopes and priorities for your child
  • Listen to your goals for your child, help to put needed services in place, and monitor your child’s progress on an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Once your child is determined eligible and in need of Early Intervention services, a team of professionals will support you and your family.

The Early Intervention team

Members of the Early Intervention team can include:

  • Your Service Coordinator from Bright Beginnings
  • Occupational Therapist from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Physical Therapist from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Speech/Language Pathologist from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental Specialist from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist funded by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County
  • Registered dietician
  • Licensed Social Worker from Bright Beginnings
  • Vision and hearing specialists
  • Dedicated evaluator
  • Other specialists may be added to the team as needed. 

One of the team members will serve as your Primary Service Provider (PSP). You and your PSP will work together to support your child’s development during everyday activities. Together, the family and Early Intervention team set goals and decide on how to reach them. 

More about Early Intervention

Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Boulevard South, Independence, OH 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 524-3683  |
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