Early Intervention is a program that provides services to children from birth to 3 years old who have significant developmental delays or are diagnosed with mental or physical conditions which have a high probability of developmental delays. Services may include special instruction, speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of service based on the needs of the child and family.
Currently, The Arc of Madison County ‘s Early Intervention program provides services to about 150 children and their families each month.
- Identify families who may be eligible for Early Intervention Services
- Maintain high standards in service delivery to families
- provide services that have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges, which can increase success in school and life
- Equip families, in their natural environment, with developmentally appropriate activities that they can implement during their daily routine to increase their child’s abilities
- Maintain family-centered individualized plans to collaborate with caregivers on their child’s development
- Provide assistance for families in coping with their child’s needs and appreciating his/her strengths
- Empower families to meet the unique challenges they face by helping them to identify their own strengths, resources, and support systems
- Promote community awareness and interest in the benefits of Early Intervention
- Advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities
In accordance with Alabama’s Early Intervention System, eligible infant and toddlers are those who:
- Exhibit developmental delays of at least 25% in one of the five developmental areas: cognitive, communication, adaptive/self help, physical/motor and social/emotional
- Have a diagnosed condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay
Alabama’s Early Intervention system provides evaluation and assessment to determine if the child meets the state’s eligibility definition. Once the child has been evaluated and found to be eligible, the family, the service coordinator, and the service providers work together to develop an individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP describes the supports and services necessary to meet the outcomes for the child and family
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