Early intervention applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a disabling condition or other special need that may affect their development.
Early intervention may focus on the child alone or on the child and the family together. Early intervention programs may be center-based, home-based, hospital-based, or a combination. Services range from identification--that is, hospital or school screening and referral services--to diagnostic and direct intervention programs. Early intervention may begin at any time between birth and school age; however, there are many reasons for it to begin as early as possible.
Concerns About a Child
- Recognizing Early Warning Signs
- Red Flags
- Making Observations
- Interactive Milestones Chart
- Early Intervention: Focusing on the Needs of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
- Newly Diagnosed: A Toolkit for Parents
- What do I do if My Child Needs Services?
- How do I Choose a Provider?
- How do I Pay for Early Intervention?
- A Parent's Guide To Accessing Programs For Infant, Toddlers, and Preschoolers With Disabilities
Working with Medical Professionals
- Search and Serve
- KCSOS Programs for Infants and Toddlers
- Kern Early Start Program
- En Español, Intervención Temprana de Kern Servicios
- Ages & Stages: Developmental Milestones in Children