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A: Early Intervention (EI) services are special services for eligible infants and toddlers and their families. These services are designed to identify and meet the child's needs in five developmental areas. These areas include: physical, cognitive, social or emotional, adaptive development, and communication.
A: Eligibility for EI services is determined by an evaluation performed by a multidisciplinary team. There are two categories of eligibility for EI services:
1. Children with established risk or established developmental delays: This category includes children who have a medical condition such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, or Cerebral Palsy, and children who display a moderate delay in one or more developmental domains.
2. Children at risk for development delays or disorders: This category includes children with prenatal disease or birth trauma, premature birth or low birth weight, and children who experience environmental problems such as inadequate nutrition, lead poisoning, homelessness, or parental substance abuse.
A: Children who are eligible for an evaluation are between birth and three years old, suspected of having a developmental delay or children who have a diagnosed condition which leads to a developmental delay.
A: There is no charge to you for Early Intervention services. In order to maximize available funds, the Department of Human services encourages all children receiving Early Intervention services apply for Medicaid. Please contact your local County Social Service Agency with more questions.
A: Yes, it is up to you where your child receives services. Though we strive to provide services in the natural environment, we are flexible and willing to work with families to provide services in an environment that works with their everyday routines.