Early Intervention (EI) provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Every family served in EI will a team that consists of a service coordinator, service providers, and your family. Your team works with you in your home or other places you and your family spend time to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). You and your team will work through your IFSP plan to use your existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance your child’s learning and development.

Hocking County Early Intervention utilizes an evidenced-based approach to delivering Early Intervention Services called The Primary Service Provider Model where a team of professionals work together to provide assessment, evaluation, intervention, consultation and education in order to support children, families, and caregivers.

One specific person is chosen from the Early Intervention team of specialists to serve as the family’s main contact.  This selection centers around the strengths and needs of the child and the family. The lead team member or Primary Service Provider (PSP) may use adult learning strategies such as coaching to interact with and teach the parents and caregivers.

The PSP provides regular support to the family, backed by the entire team of specialists who may provide services to the family through joint visits with the PSP and on a consultation basis.

Visits by the PSP and specialists are conducted in the child’s natural surroundings, such as the home, babysitter’s house, or even a park or library. The visits are designed to teach the family and other care providers strategies to foster the child’s development through participation in routine family activities.

The goal of this approach is to build the capacity of parents and caregivers to support their child through increased

confidence and competence, and to promote the child’s growth and development through natural learning opportunities.  This goal is consistent with The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C and supported by the Mission and Key Principles for providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments.

To refer yourself or someone you know to Early Intervention, please click the link below:

https://odhgateway.odh.ohio.gov/ochids/public/refer

For more information about Help Me Grow Early Intervention across the state of Ohio, please visit:

https://ohioearlyintervention.org/

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