What are Early Intervention Services?

Early Intervention Services are for children under the age of three years. In Ohio, these services are often provided by Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow is a system of services and support for infants and toddlers with certain issues. These may include:

  • Premature birth
  • Health problems
  • Delays in seeing, hearing, talking, thinking, playing, or moving

If your child is eligible for Early Intervention Services, the provider will write an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan is based on the particular needs of your child and your family. The service provider will figure out what activities and services could best help your child. The types of services include:

  • Assistive technology (devices your child may need)
  • Audiology or hearing services
  • Speech or language services
  • Family counseling and training
  • Medical services
  • Nursing services
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychological services

These services are provided to eligible children free of charge and usually are done at your home. The services are voluntary (you do not have to do them).

I have more questions and concerns. Whom do I talk to?

Please speak to your child’s nurse or doctor. They will be happy to talk to you about any questions and concerns you may have about your child’s development.

You can also go to the website: ohioaap.org/projects/past-projects/concerned-about-development-learning-collaborative, which is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics – Ohio Chapter.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/09/2016.

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