The Early Intervention program assists families with children under the age of three who have delays in any developmental area or a diagnosed condition. Families of these infants and toddlers are given information and support to help the child develop and adapt to the fullest extent possible. To accomplish this EI can provide a developmental evaluation where each child’s needs and abilities are assessed. EI offers Special Instruction, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Pathology.
A family program plan or an individual family service plan is developed where parents or caregivers play a primary role in identifying and working toward goals they would like their child and family to reach. An Early Intervention staff member will visit the family in their home or other community setting regularly to demonstrate ideas and activities to promote the child’s development and provide family training/support.
Early Intervention also arranges inclusive play opportunities for toddlers at local child care facilities if needed. EI provides networking opportunities for children and families to get together to meet other families.
The Early Intervention program offers speakers and workshops on areas of interest to families. EI works closely with the Missouri First Steps program.