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Mahoning County Early Intervention services support families of infants and toddlers, from birth to age three, with developmental delays and disabilities. Starting intervention early is the key to improving a child’s ability to learn and grow. Early Intervention professionals will partner with you every step of the way in promoting your child’s learning and development during the first three years.
What Can I Expect?
Our services align with the Seven Key Principles of Early Intervention grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from everyday experiences with people they know, making you your child’s best teacher. Services are family-centered and delivered through an Evidenced-Based Early Intervention (EBEI) approach of coaching and teaming.
The Early Intervention team consists of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Developmental Specialists, and other professionals with specialized training in birth to three development. Your family will be assigned a Service Coordinator (SC) and a Primary Service Provider (PSP) who will visit you on a regular basis and be the single point of contact for all of your questions and concerns. Team members meet weekly and share their expertise, allowing your PSP to offer suggestions and represent the entire team.
Your PSP will model techniques for you to use with your child and will coach you on ways to incorporate the evidenced-based interventions in your child’s daily routines in between visits. This is different from direct child-focused therapy where a specialist works with your child one-on-one. Instead, we provide you with the tools to enhance your child’s development and increase your child’s participation in family and community activities that are important to you.
Your Early Intervention team works together to determine the best strategies to achieve outcomes you develop on your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). By doing so, the team addresses the concerns that matter most to you as a family.
Who Should Call?
If you or someone you know is concerned that your infant or toddler is not meeting developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, walking or talking, please call to schedule a developmental screening or evaluation at no cost to you.
If your child has special health care needs related to prematurity or has been diagnosed with a medical condition such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Autism, Early Intervention would like to support you. We understand that medical terminology, appointments and paperwork can be overwhelming, so one of our caring and knowledgeable Early Intervention Service Coordinators will assist you with the intake process and help you navigate services.
Ohio Early Intervention
Part C Early Intervention (EI) builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.
1. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
2. All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
3. The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
4. The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
5. Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
6. The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
7. Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.