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Early Intervention By: Colleen Langlands

Early Intervention By: Colleen Langlands. What is Early Intervention? Early Intervention is a system that helps babies and toddlers with developmental.

Dec 24, 2015



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  • Early Intervention By: Colleen Langlands
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  • What is Early Intervention? Early Intervention is a system that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn skills that normally develop during the first three years of life. These may include: Physical: rolling, reaching, crawling, walking Cognitive: thinking, learning, solving problems Communication: talking, listening, understanding Social/ emotional: playing, feeling secure and happy Self-Help: eating, dressing
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  • Program Inception/ Intended Population In 1975, Congress passed a law that we call IDEA today. Back then it was called the Education of All Handicapped Children Act. It focused on ensuring that all school- aged children would be given free appropriate public education. Early intervention for infants and toddlers was added to this law in 1986. The intended target population is children who have developmental delays and disabilities that can be helped by some form of early therapy. It is designed to be accessible to all children regardless of income level, familial background, etc.
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  • Who is Eligible for Early Intervention? Early Intervention is intended for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability. It is determined by evaluating the child to see if they do indeed have a delay or disability. They can then receive early intervention services through their third birthday, or sometimes past that. Referrals come in one of twp ways. Sometimes, it is known from the moment of birth that the child will need EI services. Children born very premature, with low birth weight, illness, or surgery soon after birth will often have a referral before going home. Other children simply develop slower, experience setbacks, or develop in ways that are different from the norm. Thus, their parent may bring them in for evaluation, then given a referral.
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  • Funding Sources and Cost Under IDEA, evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost to parents, and are funded by state and federal monies. The IFSP development and review, as well as service coordination must also be free and funded by state and federal money. Other service costs depend vary from state to state. However, services cannot be denied simply because a family cannot pay for them. In Michigan, the program is called Early On, and their websites states that most services outlined under the IFSP are free, but any potential cost is determined individually. It is also available regardless of income. General funding comes from
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  • Required Training Those aspiring to work in an Early Intervention program can either pursue a certification or a masters degree. Both require a bachelors degree, often in preschool or primary education. Both can often require prerequisite coursework in special education or legal issues. Further, a masters degree will often require competency in concepts closely related to the specialization, i.e. sign language for someone wanting to work with hearing impaired children.
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  • Resources "Background & Analysis." Background & Analysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015. "Center for Parent Information and Resources." Center for Parent Information and Resources. Center Fo Parent Inforrmation, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015. "Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities." Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.