Early intervention assists children from birth to their third birthday who have developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention offers therapeutic services, such as physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech therapy (ST) to name a few. These services are available to help children learn basic skills that typically develop during the first three years of life. Some examples include:
- Gross Motor (PT): Reaching, rolling, crawling, walking, etc.
- Fine Motor (OT): Eating, dressing, self help, etc.
- Communication (ST): Talking, listening, understanding, etc.
- Social/emotional (OT): Playing, feeling secure, happy, etc.
Early intervention is available in every state and territory of the United States, and is regulated by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Visit the links below to find out more information on early intervention in your locality.