What is Early Intervention
Early intervention (EI) is a collection of services and supports provided to children ages birth to three years that are designed to help families enhance their child’s development.
EI builds upon the natural learning that occurs in the first few years. Services are provided in the child’s home, daycare or other community settings. Early intervention is “routine based” which means all services support the child in being a part of their family and community.
Services We Provide
Physical therapists use a variety of fun and therapeutic methods to engage children in movement and acquisition of their gross motor milestones. Our physical therapists also help children with injuries and/or physical impairments that affect their everyday function by increasing strength, balance and coordination.
Our occupational therapists utilize activities that are both fun and therapeutic to help a child achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities. For children, daily activities that an occupational therapist can assist with may include self-feeding, motor planning and strengthening for play, dressing, grooming and self-care and mealtime behaviors.
Our speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with a variety of diagnoses that impair the child from understanding and communicating effectively. Our therapists use therapeutic and play-based activities in order to improve understanding and use of language, sound production, fluency of speech, healthy voice, social language skills and more.
Our special instructors are experts in developmental therapy and pediatric milestones, and utilize their education and experience to evaluate and treat children with a variety of developmental delays within the Early Intervention program. A special instructor provides therapy within the context of natural environments, using a team approach among professionals and collaboration with parents. They utilize routine based activities which are both fun and therapeutic to help an individual achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities.
Daily activities that a special instructor can assist with include, but are not limited to, play activities, social interactions, behavior management, self-care and preschool readiness.
How Do I Get Started?
To get started with early intervention contact the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia at 1-800-234-1448.