Early Intervention EI,why it’s important.

Mother and baby girl playing with toys in living room.

If you are a parent with a child birth through three it is important to know about the benefits of Early Intervention EI.  This is a federally and state funded program for families who have children born with delays in areas of their development.


In some cases children are born with disabilities or some delays in their development which would qualify the family to receive Early Intervention services. These delays may be seen by a doctor, caregiver, or the parents.  When you are aware of your child’s delay there is help.

The EI program is available in all 50 states. Your doctor would more than likely be the one to refer you to the EI agency in your area or you can search for your local agency on your own and make an appointment, where your child will be evaluated.

What services does the EI program offer?

  • Developmental Therapy
  • Developmental Therapy with Hearing
  • Developmental Therapy with vision
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • There are other services that are not listed depending on the state

These therapies are also offered as part of the public school system once your child transitions to regular school (depending on the state).

What is EI role?

EI’s role is to show you how to help your child develop in their everyday setting. Whether that is in your home, your child’s childcare center, or at the agency. They are with you every step of the way. They will evaluate your child and help your family with transitioning your child into regular schooling after the child’s 3rd birthday.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your child and your family.  Look into it today!

Some websites that might help


DHS Illinois




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